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Youth & Family Development



Lurone "Coach" Jennings, Sr.
(423) 643-6400
(423) 643-6437 (fax)

Chris Brown
Executive Assistant
Email: cbrown@chattanooga.gov 
(423) 643-6400
(423) 643-6437 (fax)


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What we do:

CoachJenningsThe Department of Youth and Family Development's top priority is providing a better quality of life for the citizens of Chattanooga, through education, recreation, social services, leadership and career development. Chattanooga YFD offers a large variety of programs, activities, classes, and opportunities for youth, adults and seniors at numerous locations all across Chattanooga.  

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Who we are:

This department is divided into 5 AREAS OF FOCUS. 

Education: education@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6886) -  Enhancing the minds of youth through exceptional programs that embrace literacy, early childhood development and cultural influence through staff and partners. Programs include: Lexia Literacy Programs, Head Start, Child Care, Homework Help, The Arts, Technology Training and more. 

Leadership: leadership@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6085) - Creating tomorrow's leaders through character development, mentoring, core values, good decision making, developmental assets, and internship opportunities with continued community support. YFD is also proud to offer the Chattanooga Ambassadors Program (CAP), developing tomorrow's leaders. 

Career Development: careerdevelopment@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6423) -  Providing opportunity through job training, referrals, community service, entrepreneurship, and internships so that all citizens can achieve personal goals. 

Recreation: recreation@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6081)  - Providing diverse, recreation and leisure opportunities that build character development, through camps, tournaments, aquatics, fitness and wellness classes, Therapeutic Recreation and sports leagues for all ages and abilities in safe, well maintained environments. Recreation is proud to offer state of the art facilities including the Summit of Softball, Warner Park, Champions Club and Warner Park Pool and Spray Park. 

Social Services: socialservices@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6414)-  Wrap around crisis assistance and support services to low income and vulnerable residents of Chattanooga and Hamilton County through education programs, commodities, partners, and counseling. Programs include Commodity Distribution, Low Income Home Energy Assistance(LIHEAP), Community Service Block Grant(CSBG), Foster Grandparent Program, and more. 

Services, information, and facility locations can be found on the left side menu. 

Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family is proud toprovide a diverse mix of programs and services provided through federal, state, and local funding sources.


The mission of the Department of Youth and Family Development is to provide educational, recreational, career development, leadership, and social service opportunities to create smarter students and stronger families.

501 W. 12th St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402 (map)

Lurone "Coach" Jennings


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