YouthCare Statement on Illegal Border Closure

For over ten years, YouthCare has been running a program called Casa de Los Amigos (Casa) for unaccompanied youth arriving at the U.S. border. The majority of youth served at Casa are fleeing war, gang violence, human trafficking, and extreme poverty. They arrive at Casa alone, with next to nothing. Casa, which is supported by the… Read More of “YouthCare Statement on Illegal Border Closure”

YouthCare Endorses JumpStart Seattle Payroll Tax

Five years ago, King County and the City of Seattle declared a state of emergency on homelessness. Nevertheless, despite modest declines in subpopulations like families and youth, homelessness rates continued to rise almost every year. As thousands of new workers arrived daily, the region’s affordable housing stock shrank. Rents skyrocketed, historic Black and Brown neighborhoods… Read More of “YouthCare Endorses JumpStart Seattle Payroll Tax”

YouthCare CEO: Responding to the Murder of Ahmaud Abery

This has been an incredibly challenging and emotional time for our country and our world. Last week, our nation saw, yet again, video footage of a gruesome and traumatic murder of an unarmed Black man. The life of Ahmaud Arbery was taken when he went on his neighborhood jog. Two vigilante community members assumed he… Read More of “YouthCare CEO: Responding to the Murder of Ahmaud Abery”

Child sex trafficking survivors deserve to be protected, not criminalized

She was violated and raped in plain sight at all hours of the day and night. She was sold and threatened with violence and death. She scratched and kicked the walls of her motel room. She cried for help from anyone who could hear. Instead of helping, motel staff told her to “keep it down.”… Read More of “Child sex trafficking survivors deserve to be protected, not criminalized”

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”

FAQ on YouthCare’s Casa de los Amigos Program

What is YouthCare’s Casa de Los Amigos Program? YouthCare’s Casa de los Amigos Program (Casa) is a 20-bed emergency shelter program funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is domiciled at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. The program was founded almost a decade ago to serve unaccompanied minors ages 12-17. The… Read More of “FAQ on YouthCare’s Casa de los Amigos Program”

YouthCare Statement Regarding Family Separation at the Border

As people who are committed every day to ending youth homelessness, it has been excruciating to watch families at our nation’s borders being ripped apart. The trauma of fleeing unspeakable violence in one’s home country is now being compounded through inhumane and racist policies inflicted by our government. YouthCare categorically condemns the atrocities at the… Read More of “YouthCare Statement Regarding Family Separation at the Border”

YouthCare Partners with Planned Parenthood to Provide Teen Health Education

YouthCare is honored to have worked with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands on a lawsuit to support teen health education. The trainings are provided to youth living at YouthCare, and Planned Parenthood has worked extremely hard to make the materials inclusive and affirming to young people with diverse gender expression and identities, as well as culturally… Read More of “YouthCare Partners with Planned Parenthood to Provide Teen Health Education”

YouthCare Endorses Seattle Family, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy

YouthCare’s Board has unanimously voted to endorse the Seattle Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. We know that young people with less than a high school diploma or GED have a 346% higher risk of experiencing homelessness and that young people of color are at disproportionately higher risk of dropping out or being pushed… Read More of “YouthCare Endorses Seattle Family, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy”