Step Inside the P.O.C. Street Arts Virtual Exhibition

The People of Color Street Arts program, housed at YouthCare’s University District Youth Center (UDYC), gives young people the opportunity to create and present works of art in the community while exploring social justice and cultural intersections that exist in the world around them. For youth experiencing homelessness, the stress-relieving effects of art and creative… Read More of “Step Inside the P.O.C. Street Arts Virtual Exhibition”

Get out the Vote 2020 at YouthCare

Last September, YouthCare launched a two-month Get Out the Vote 2020 campaign for staff and youth. The campaign included a variety of initiatives—from presentations across YouthCare programs to partnerships with National Voter Registration Day, National Voter Education Week, National Vote Early Day, and the Election Trust Project. Through email campaigns, resource sharing, and social media,… Read More of “Get out the Vote 2020 at YouthCare”

An Ode to YouthCare Food Heroes

Just like this pandemic has changed the world, YouthCare has changed the way we’re feeding and caring for youth experiencing homelessness homeless youth in our community. We rose to the occasion from the onset of the pandemic six months ago, ensuring all young people have enough to eat during this unprecedented time. We couldn’t provide… Read More of “An Ode to YouthCare Food Heroes”

YouthCare Launches Back-to-School Drive

No one could have guessed that we’d be starting the 2020 school year in the midst of an economic downturn and a global pandemic. Though this year has brought massive challenges and uncertainty—including schools transitioning to remote learning environments—YouthCare is continuing to provide shelter, food, and educational support to youth experiencing homelessness. DID YOU KNOW?… Read More of “YouthCare Launches Back-to-School Drive”

How We Honored Pride This Year

Be sure to also read our earlier blog post recapping Pride celebrations with our Casa de los Amigos youth in February. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and our world’s ongoing fight to seek justice for Black lives, Pride celebrations at YouthCare looked very different than years past. We wanted to share with you… Read More of “How We Honored Pride This Year”

COVID-19 Update: Resilience Abounds

It has been over two months since Washington State began its shelter-place-order and YouthCare reconfigured our program models and services. Through this time, YouthCare worked on contingency planning for how to respond if a youth or staff tested positive for COVID-19. We’re grateful that when COVID-19 recently arrived at YouthCare’s Orion Center, and then YouthCare’s… Read More of “COVID-19 Update: Resilience Abounds”

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biophobia

I wanted to take a quick moment to recognize today as International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Today was created in 2004 to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people, and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. “The… Read More of “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biophobia”