Our history

The Independent Youth Services Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit community youth service educational and research organization based in Chattanooga. We are supported entirely by the generosity of private foundations and individual donors committed to supporting youth towards developing a thriving, vibrant life as they work towards high school graduation and beyond.

The Independent Youth Services Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1993 as the Chattanooga Basketball Foundation, a nonprofit youth sports organization that used basketball as a platform to draw young people into the program and expose them to life skills.

That strategy proved to be an effective approach and hundreds of children were served from 1993-2001.

As we became more proficient in developing the other non-basketball components of the program, we changed our name to the Independent Youth Services Foundation, Inc. to indicate the comprehensiveness of the model and to emphasize service.

Under the direction of Founder Herbert 'Book' McCray, our program offerings include the after-school academy in which our participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their reading skills Lexia Reading and other literacy strategies, math skills and engage in social and emotional learning (SEL.)

The vision of Independent Youth Services Foundation, Inc. is to see the young men who graduate from our program continue to be productive and successful citizens.

Our Mission

Our Goal

our vision

Since 1993, The Independent Youth Services Foundation, Inc. has been helping young men believe in themselves and become responsible citizens. Your financial contribution can help make a difference. 







Independent Youth Services Foundation, Inc.

It is the mission of the Independent Youth Services Foundation, Inc. to establish programs, activities and events that enable youth to develop their individual potentials in order to achieve their personal goals in life.

Thank you to The Robert L. and Kathrina H. Maclellan Foundation for the generous matching grant to help further our mission. With the support of all of our partners, we will make a difference in the lives of the young people served by the IYSF, Inc.