The Henry Davison Youth Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Cedar Rapids at-risk youth a path to success in increasingly challenging times.

Please take a look around, get a feel for who we are and what we do. And then learn how you can help us achieve our mission of developing responsible community members and leaders through meaningful and engaging activities.

What is Our Mission

The Henry Davison Youth Center provides a safe, nurturing environment for kids to learn and grow. Our center is a drug-free, alcohol-free and bully-free safe haven for kids to learn and grow. The youth center strives to strengthen families and help change the community one child at a time.

How We Started

In 1997, Henry Davison saw a need in Cedar Rapids to help working parents provide a safe place for children in the downtown area. The Henry Davison Center was born to teach children life skills and provide opportunities to learn hobbies and get help with homework.

For nearly 2 decades the center has fed the bodies and minds of youth through after school programs and summer programs.

What We Do Here

Our facility features a full kitchen, reading, computer, and gaming area, as well as a movie area and study tables.

  • Family style meal time and snacks
  • Learn new hobbies and crafts
  • Help with homework
  • Speakers for current topics in the community
  • Outdoor activities
  • Volunteer opportunities for kids to give back to the community

Get Involved



We are a 503(c) non-profit organization that relies on private donations to cover operating costs and provide continued services for our youth and needy citizens. Find out the advantages and convenience of donating to the HD Youth Center!


The HD Youth Center is supported through volunteer work to help maximize the power of community donations and lower budget costs. We work with local organizations like Kirkwood Community College, Coe and Mt. Mercy to help recruit volunteers. You can help...

Program Sponsors

The HD Youth Center is proud to have the support of local businesses and families. Without their generosity, our programs would not be possible. Thank you to the following sponsors, and many more!