APEX Youth Center

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The APEX Youth Center offers teens and young adults (ages 12-25) a safe atmosphere to play, learn, work, and dream. The Center provides "a space out of the path of the bullet" and empowers teens and young adults to choose nonviolent conflict resolution and build positive social relationships.


Loyola service learners will assist in providing supervision to youth at the center. Building healthy relationships with the kids is particularly important. It helps to be outgoing or be able to take the initiative in talking to the kids and joining in their activities. Activities include homework help, art, music, rap sessions, video games, dance, basketball, pool, air hockey, etc. Students interested in developing a music program at the center, especially those with an interest in recording, are welcome! Students interested in nonprofit work can also help with administrative tasks such as fundraising, data management, etc.

Students serving at APEX must sign up for and attend 10 volunteer shifts (one shift per week). Therefore, students must be willing to serve more hours than most service learning courses require.


Students will learn how to interact constructively with children and teens, many of whom face a number of challenges (poverty, violence, educational inequities). Students will also learn what it's like to work at a nonprofit. It is important that all our volunteers learn how to model pro-social behavior and positive conflict resolution skills.


middle • high schoolers • young adults • victims of crime or violence


  1. Attend an training/orientation session on Thursday Sept. 6 OR Friday, Sept. 7 from 10:00am-12:00pm in Seminar Room 4 of the Monroe library. Bring pen and paper.
  2. Complete online cell phone etiquette training.
  3. Pass a background check.


Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
No 3:30-7pm 3:30-7pm 3:30-7pm 3:30-7pm 1-5pm No


2039 Toledano Street
Maps & directions

Biking • 14 min
Public Transit • 23 min
Driving • 11 min, street parking

The best way to get there if you do not have a car, is to take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to Toledano and walk four blocks to the location. See the map at the link above.  

Lisa Fitzpatrick
Founder, Executive Director
504.359.2739 ext. 1