Fifteen Reasons to GiveBIG for Homeless Youth on May 15

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Tue, 05/07/2013

Youth in our community aren’t homeless by choice:

  1. On any given night in Seattle, 700-1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep.
  2. 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.
  3. 74% of the youth we serve at YouthCare experienced physical abuse at home.
  4. 22% of youth aging out of foster care at age 18 experience homelessness.
  5. Up to 75% of homeless youth do not graduate from high school.

YouthCare provides critical services to youth on the streets:

  1. YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter provided emergency shelter to 268 young adults in 2012.
  2. Last year, homeless young people ate over 27,000 meals at the James W. Ray Orion Center.
  3. 111 youth were able to stabilize in a transitional housing program.
  4. 41 youth obtained their GED or high school diploma with YouthCare’s help in 2012.
  5. 144 completed a job training program, and 91 obtained paid employment.

We could not do this work without you:

  1. Last year, 1,851 volunteers contributed over 12,000 hours of time to help our programs succeed.
  2. In 2012, 94% of dinners at the Orion Center were prepared and served by volunteers.
  3. Last winter, over 100 businesses and 50 individuals collected holiday gifts and warm clothing for our young people.
  4. Local business provide enrichment activities like museum admission, swim passes, and movie tickets to help our youth have the same experiences as their housed peers.
  5. On May 15, your gift to YouthCare via GiveBIG will be stretched to help us serve even more young people with your donation.

On May 15, don’t forget to GiveBIG to have a BIG impact on the lives of homeless young people in our community.