Awards & Honors

Youth In Need is committed to quality, and several organizations and accrediting bodies have recognized that commitment.

Council on Accreditation

Youth In Need is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, not-for-profit, child and family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. In order to achieve COA accreditation, an organization must meet a rigorous list of service and administration standards, ensuring that the organization’s clients receive the highest quality of care.

United Way of Greater St. Louis

Youth In Need is a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and is a recipient of the United Way's highest possible quality rating.

Better Business Bureau

Youth In Need is a recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance seal of approval. Youth In Need has met voluntarily all 20 BBB standards of charitable giving accountability. View the BBB Wise Giving Alliance standards.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces

In 2013, Youth In Need was named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Top Workplaces—a list of the 90 best places to work in the St. Louis area. Youth In Need was named No. 16 in the Top Medium Companies category! This honor is especially meaningful because a Youth In Need employee nominated the agency for the distinction. The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee survey that staff completed.


Ladue News Charity of the Year

In 2007, the Ladue News named Youth In Need as one of its Charities of the Year. Read the Ladue News article that highlights Youth In Need as a Charity of the Year.

Monsanto Fund Science Discovery Garden

The National Gardening Association named Youth In Need's Monsanto Fund Science Discovery Garden as one of the best 50 top new children's gardens in the country in 2008. Youth In Need’s garden was chosen from more than 700 inspiring and impressive children’s gardens across the country to receive the prestigious award.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Youth In Need's Troy, Campus and Warrenton Head Start Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Staff Awards

  • Jim Braun, Youth In Need's President and CEO from 1988-2012, received the 2012 Youth & Family Services Network Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim also received the National Network for Youth's Executive Leadership Award of Excellence in 2008. The award is given annually to a National Network member organization in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of youth services consistent with the mission and guiding principles of the National Network.
  • Pat Holterman-Hommes, Youth In Need's current President and CEO, received the Saint Charles Business Magazine's Dove Award for Community Enrichment in 2006.
  • Kevin Coleman, Youth In Need's former Street Outreach Manager, received the National Network for Youth's Youth Worker of the Year Award in 2007.