About Youth Connection Waco (Texas)

Since 1988 Youth Connection Inc. has worked in Waco, McLennan County and the surrounding community to help young people overcome obstacles and influences that place them at risk. Learn more about us at https://youthconnectionwaco.wordpress.com/

Red Lobster’s Dine to Donate Event Set for Dec. 15, 2020!

Join us December 15th at Red Lobster in Waco, Texas, as we participate in their Dine to Donate event!

Youth Connection Waco will receive 10% of the meal costs for diners who bring a special flyer into the restaurant on that date, but YOU MUST HAVE THE FLYER WITH YOU for it to count. Please click on the flyer below to print it.

The event happens all day, so whether your craving lunch or dinner, you can still give. Please mark your calendars! We thank you so much for your support of the work we do to help at-risk youth and teen parents in Waco. See you on the 15th!


Your SEASIDE ESCAPE awaits! Enter to win a 7-day GETAWAY!

A Seaside Escape Giveaway Benefiting Youth Connection

Check out these pics! Could you stay here for a week?

Gulf views make this 3rd Row ~4 bedroom beauty a great spot for your family trip to the beach.  Sit and watch turtles or throw a line into the pond in front of the house or take a quick trip to the wide beaches and get some sand between your toes for 7 days and 6 nights!

  • New Construction
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • TV’s and WiFi
  • Cargo Lift
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Subdivision has walk over access to beach
  • Pet Friendly
  • Includes linens and cleaning
  • Sleeps 14
  • Near Galveston – Port Bolivar Ferry

Master Bedroom (King), Bedroom 2 (2 Queens & 2 twin bunkbeds), Bedroom 3 (2 Queens), Bedroom 4 (1 Full), Living Area, Master Bath (Walk-in Shower), Guest bath (Tub/Shower Combo), Living Area (Powder Room).

Available: Offseason dates for 7 days and 6 nights

(Labor Day to Mother’s Day excluding holidays and month of March)

Valued at $1715.00 ~ Valid until October 17, 2021

Subject to Availability ~ Winner must be 25 years or older ~ Conditions Apply

Winner will be announced on October 17th via Facebook Live

Tickets:  1-$10  3-$25  7-$50  15-$100

Purchase Tickets: https://www.strideevents.com/events/a-seaside-escape-raffle-benefiting-youth-connection/2020/register

For more pictures please visit: cobbrealestate.com/rentals/dark-side-of-the-dune

For tickets or more info – Carolyn Nichols 254-202-8480  wacotx.youthconnection@gmail.com or call Tammie Bowman at 254-300-3646.

Address of location: 3814 Marble Street, Port Bolivar, TX 77650

Win a Weekend at a Seaside Getaway! Drawing on Oct. 17!


Go here to today to enter for your chance to win! https://www.strideevents.com/events/a-seaside-escape-raffle-benefiting-youth-connection/2020/register

Seaside Escape Fundraiser to benefit Youth Connection in Waco, Texas.

Don’t miss your chance for a relaxing week in the sun! Click the link now to enter our drawing! https://www.strideevents.com/events/a-seaside-escape-raffle-benefiting-youth-connection/2020/register

Online Auction to Benefit Youth Connection Waco on August 14, 2020

Don’t miss out!

Beautiful items and an auction that benefits us! We have an exciting offer from one of our partners that supports Youth Connection and our mission.

JenLee with JenLee’s Turquoise Blue Live Auctions has one of her beautiful jewelry items being auctioned to benefit Youth Connection. Please go to her page and join and be ready to bid Friday night at 6:00 pm. Maybe hang around and see what beautiful items you can snag!? We look forward to hearing from you this Friday at 6:00 pm. Go ahead and join the page now so you will be ready! 🤠https://www.facebook.com/groups/2938216996297497/?ref=share

#DOTB2020 Set for October 17, 2020

Down on the Bayou annual event for Youth Connection in Waco, Texas.Reserve your seat NOW for our annual Down on the Bayou Special Event on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The party begins at 7:00pm!

This year’s event will be held at the at the Waco Founder Lions Club Lions Den located at 1716 N 42nd St in Waco, Texas.

For ticket information or to join us in our work as a corporate sponsor, contact Carolyn Nichols at 254-717-7144 or wacotx.youthconnection@gmail.com


The continued success of Youth Connection’s programs relies heavily on the generosity and support of community members and area businesses. Funds raised from “Down on the Bayou” go directly to Youth Connection, Inc.’s services and educational efforts.

Become part of “Down on the Bayou” so you don’t end up in the swamp!


Tutt and Daggs Return for Moving Forward 2020

If you joined us for Moving Forward Conferences in the past, you’ve met the incomparable duo of Tutt and Daggs. Well…

They are joining us for our 24th year!

Join us on April 24, 2020, at the McLennan Community College Conference Center for a day with Kevin Tutt and Michael Daggs with a special morning session with Darryl W. Thomas, Jr. – this year’s keynote for our Making Choices Youth Conference!

Register today by using this form

If you have any questions, please call or email us anytime at 254-717-7144 or  wacotx.youthconnection@gmail.com 

We look forward to seeing you on April 24th for our 24th annual Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Conference. CEUs are available! 


Moving Forward: Effective Way to Impact Others Conference hosted by Youth Connection Waco in Waco, Texas April 24, 2020 flyer pg 1

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Moving Forward: Effective Ways to Impact Others Conference hosted by Youth Connection Waco in Waco, Texas. Flyer pg 2

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Making Choices Youth Conference set for March 4, 2020

Darryl W Thomas Jr for this year's Making Choices Youth Conference hosted by Youth Connection Waco in Waco, Texas

Youth Connection Waco, in partnership with Baylor University and Education Service Center Region 12, is pleased to announce this year’s Making Choices Youth Conference is March 4, 2020!

Our special guest for this year’s event is Darryl W. Thomas, Jr. 

As a young underdog, Darryl grew up in a broken home where he experienced the effects of divorce, poverty, domestic violence, drug abuse and fatherlessness. He was faced with the insurmountable odds of his father’s untimely death, his mother’s drug addiction and deeply impoverished communities. Such odds were enough to make anyone quit. Despite the temptation to quit, Darryl discovered a reason to fight back and adopted a resilient mindset. Be prepared to be inspired, to have your excuses challenged and your perspective transformed as Darryl engages the youth as if they are his own.

For more information, or to RSVP for this event – please contact:
Carolyn Nichols 254-202-8480 wacotx.youthconnection@gmail.com
or Tammie Bowman 254-300-3646 Tammie.Bowman@atmosenergy.com

Registration is open to the first 350 participants. Click here to get registered today!