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

2021 marks the Southside Community Centers 45th anniversary of helping children and families as they strive to becoming their best selves.
SCC offers year-round out of school-time educational, enriching, and recreational staff supported and lead programming and child care for school age youth.
This includes a nutrition snack and warm dinner Monday-Friday.
All SCC programming and services are completely 100% FREE to children and families!
So, we are asking the FLX Community to help us continue helping children and families strive to become their best selves!
If you would like to know more about SCC, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email at or give us a call at 607-734-9245. We would always love to hear from you!
If you are able to give durning the #FLXGives event 6pm November 11th - 6pm November 12th that would be amazing and greatly appreciated.
If you’re not able to give, that’s okay! Drop us a like and a share any and all support we get is greatly appreciated!
One Team ~ One Goal!
Anthony Charles Novakowski
Youth Program Director
Southside Community Center Inc.

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.