Haircuts with Heart: YouthCare Partners with Bishops on Capitol Hill

It’s Thankful Thursday and we’re so grateful for our wonderful partnership with Bishops Barbershop on Capitol Hill! Every other month, our young people in program get so excited to make the trip up the hill to a cool spot, sit in a shiny black chair, and for a few moments, slip away into the leisure… Read More of “Haircuts with Heart: YouthCare Partners with Bishops on Capitol Hill”

YouthCare Condemns Racist and Inhumane Federal Policies

When President Trump took office in 2016, YouthCare braced for a challenging four years. But racist and hateful policies rocked YouthCare immediately: it was clear from the start that immigrants and those who are new to this country—particularly people of color—were Trump’s key scapegoats and the primary targets of cruel policy. Since that time, the… Read More of “YouthCare Condemns Racist and Inhumane Federal Policies”

A Prom of Our Own: YouthCare’s Annual Prom Night Goes ’90s!

Last Thursday was a night to remember. YouthCare hosted its annual prom, where young people experiencing homelessness could dance the night away and feel the privilege of, well, simply being young. Unabashed joy. Play. A first dance. The excitement of supporting a young trans woman show up in the world authentically in a dress for… Read More of “A Prom of Our Own: YouthCare’s Annual Prom Night Goes ’90s!”

YouthCare Celebrates Supporters & Youth Art Programs at Annual Art & Appreciation Night

Yesterday evening, YouthCare held its annual Art & Appreciation Night, hosted generously by our partners (and amazing Orion Center neighbors), Marriott Hill SpringSuites! It was a night filled with reflections, laughter, and mingling with community members. We had a great time honoring our volunteers, board members, staff, and donors, and learning about how YouthCare’s amazing art… Read More of “YouthCare Celebrates Supporters & Youth Art Programs at Annual Art & Appreciation Night”

YouthCare Responds to 2019 Count Us In Results

This past Friday, King County released their 2019 Point-In-Time Count, including the number of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. For the first time in recent years, the number of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness dropped significantly: 1,498 in 2017 to 1,089 in 2019. Physically counting people sleeping outside is an imperfect methodology, and… Read More of “YouthCare Responds to 2019 Count Us In Results”

2019 Session Recap

Last Sunday was sine die: the last day of the 2019 state legislative session. It was a big year for housing and homelessness priorities—and there’s lots of reason for advocates to celebrate. Here’s a recap of how YouthCare’s legislative priories fared and why they’ll make a difference in young people’s lives. HB1657: PASSED! Why was… Read More of “2019 Session Recap”

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”