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GiveBIG is Back: 4 Reasons to GiveBIG for Homeless Youth

GiveBIG is TODAY! Join us for an amazing day of online giving and philanthropy in our community. Read below for our top reasons to GiveBIG for homeless youth in our community—and make your gift  by 11:59pm today!! 1) Because you share our belief that no young person should experience homelessness. On any given night in… Read More of “GiveBIG is Back: 4 Reasons to GiveBIG for Homeless Youth”

Growing Futures: Congratulations to YouthCare’s YouthGrow Graduates!

The remaining bits of snow from February’s snowstorm had just melted before eight young people stepped foot into the YouthGrow garden to start the first cohort of the year. Despite a few surprises and a delayed start, Seattle’s Snowmageddon was no match for the incredible youth who graduated from YouthCare’s YouthGrow yesterday! Emily Penna, YouthGrow’s… Read More of “Growing Futures: Congratulations to YouthCare’s YouthGrow Graduates!”

Homelessness is a Crisis: Jail is Not the Answer

KOMO’s recent one-hour special, “Seattle is Dying,” has sparked heated conversations about homelessness in our city. In the piece, reporter Eric Johnson claims Seattle is experiencing a homelessness crisis. We agree, and we’re glad our community is outraged. We are too. He shines a spotlight on substance use and argues we must do more to… Read More of “Homelessness is a Crisis: Jail is Not the Answer”

Together, We Raised More Than $800,000 for Homeless Youth at YouthCare’s 34th Annual Luncheon

Last Friday, almost 1,200 people from around the community joined us at the Westin Seattle for a lunch of hope and inspiration at YouthCare’s 34th Annual Luncheon. Together, we raised more than $800,000 for homeless youth—our most ever. We deeply appreciate our generous sponsors who ensured that every dollar raised goes directly to YouthCare programs… Read More of “Together, We Raised More Than $800,000 for Homeless Youth at YouthCare’s 34th Annual Luncheon”

Celebrating National Safe Place Week: It Takes a Village

#NSPWeek2019 kicks off this week with an official recognition by both Seattle City Council and King County Council proclaiming National Safe Place Week! Safe Place, run in collaboration with YouthCare and Friends of Youth, is a youth crisis intervention program that connects runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17 to services, either through family reunification or… Read More of “Celebrating National Safe Place Week: It Takes a Village”

Meet Espresso Patronum: The First Barista Graduates of 2019!

YouthCare’s Barista Training and Customer Service Program, run in partnership with FareStart, graduated its first cohort of 2019 on Friday afternoon! YouthCare’s Barista program is an eight-week training program that helps young people gain the skills needed to thrive on a team, engage with customers, and rock job interviews—all while learning how to make expertly… Read More of “Meet Espresso Patronum: The First Barista Graduates of 2019!”

YouthCare’s University District Youth Center (UDYC) Celebrates Black History Month with Soul Food Day!

Today, YouthCare’s UDYC hosted Soul Food Day to celebrate Black History Month. Each staff member chose their favorite soul food specialty to share, pot-luck style, with fellow staff and for youth accessing services. The result was a delicious success! From collard greens, fried chicken, sweet tea, and pecan pie, the delicious food prepared by staff today not only… Read More of “YouthCare’s University District Youth Center (UDYC) Celebrates Black History Month with Soul Food Day!”

YouthCare Supports New Progressive Revenue

Washington State has a lot to be proud of: our culture of innovation, our commitment to environmental sustainability, our breathtaking views. But we also have lots of room for improvement. We have the most upside-down tax code in the country, and we’re ranked 34th in the nation for access to mental health care. Our overreliance on… Read More of “YouthCare Supports New Progressive Revenue”

More Than a GED Program: Art & Social Justice Curriculum Encourages Students to Be Active Learners

Youth without a high school diploma or GED have a 346% higher risk of experiencing homelessness. YouthCare’s robust education programs reduce that risk by helping young people build the academic skills needed for long-term stability. We’re thrilled to announce a new addition to our education programs: YouthCare’s GED Program at UDYC. The program is available… Read More of “More Than a GED Program: Art & Social Justice Curriculum Encourages Students to Be Active Learners”

8 Ways to Honor Black History Month

YouthCare is proud to honor Black History Month and pay tribute to the incredible achievements of Black Americans, past and present. As we celebrate our country’s rich history of Black leadership, YouthCare also recognizes that generations of racist attitudes and policies are woven into our systems and institutions—hurting us all in the process. Racism also… Read More of “8 Ways to Honor Black History Month”