Books for Youth

Books for Youth backpack


The Books for Youth (BFY) Program is committed to placing backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books into the hands of Indiana foster youth and young adults.

Statistics show that children who read, succeed. Reading and being read to at an early age not only increases success in the classroom, but in life. It develops critical thinking skills and imagination.

But when a youth is removed from a home due to abuse or neglect, that simple activity of reading is interrupted or may not have ever existed at all.  And the possessions a child takes are usually the basic needs – clothing and maybe a comfort item such as a blanket or a stuffed animal. There may not be time or room due to the urgency of the removal to include books and other personal belongings.

BFY changes that and provides books foster youth can call their own.  Since the program began in 2006, BFY has given away more than 8,750 backpacks thanks to the our partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and through the generosity and support of our title sponsor Cargo Services Inc.

        DCS Books for Youth Horseshoe Boy                Cargo Services Inc. Logo


Give the Gift of Reading to a Foster Child


Text BOOKS to 243725 to make monetary donations and help provide backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books for foster youth. Reply to confirm your donation. Message and data rates may apply.


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Annual Books for Youth Distribution Night


Books for Youth title sponsors, Cargo Services International and the Indianapolis Colts know how to make the season bright for Indiana’s foster kids! On December 15, 2015 more than 35 DCS foster youth and their families came out and enjoyed an evening of holiday treats, coloring, and games at the annual BFY Distribution Night! The evening took place at a new location, North Central High School, and the kids and Blue took full advantage by running around playing catch, hide and seek, and other games.

Of course, the kids anxiously waited for the highlight of the evening, getting their own BFY backpack filled with 25 age appropriate books. It was a special holiday memory for each foster youth.


Colts Backpack