Our mission:

Community. Activity. Honesty. Learning. Safety. Creativity.

The Southside Community Center of Elmira NY provides year-round out of school-time childcare and programming including structured recreation, education, enrichment for school age youth Monday – Friday including a nutritious snack and a warm dinner, completely FREE of charge.

Our Mission

The mission of the Southside Community Center is to foster the development of self-esteem and positive values in its young people by maintaining a wholesome relationship between staff and youth, and offering relevant youth development and delinquency prevention programming.


Years Serving the Community

The Southside Community Center first opened in 1976. Read more about our history serving the community here.

Our Programs

The Southside Community Center offers many programs to the kids who attend. This includes daily structured recreation, education, and enrichment activities. These programs teach the children valuable skills, sometimes without them even knowing it!


The Southside Community Center has a gymnasium and access to the Parley Coburn playground, a Computer Lab, a Maker Space, as well as a main room. We always have at least one staff member with the kids in each category and all clubs throughout our program time.

Community Partnerships

We partner with many outside organizations including the Chemung County Youth Bureau, United Way of the Southern Tier, Tanglewood, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and many other organizations for activities at the center as well as field trips.

MAY 2018 | WENY

Seeing [the kids] energized and caring for one another -- it was really impactful on me.

Jaydan Jackson | Read Full Article

Get Involved

Whether it be registering your child, offering your volunteering services, or making a donation, there are many ways to get involved with the Center. We are here to serve the community, and we love when the community gets involved.

Register Your Child

Register your child to attend the Center, open from 2pm - 6pm on school days and all school breaks.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Southside Community Center to have a real impact on the children of the community.

Make a Donation

Donate to the Southside Community Center to help keep our doors open for all the children of the community.