YouthCare Adopts New Mission, Vision, and Values Statements

YouthCare is excited to share our new Mission, Vision, and Values statements. The last time these guiding statements were edited was 2010. Much has changed for YouthCare, the young people we serve, and our community since that time. We’ve enhanced our strength, our tenacity, and our commitment to providing consistently excellent services, as well as openly… Read More of “YouthCare Adopts New Mission, Vision, and Values Statements”

YouthCare Endorses De-Escalate Washington

YouthCare’s leadership unanimously voted to support the De-Escalate Washington ballot initiative—and we urge you to support Initiative 940 too. I-940 is a grassroots effort led by people of color and families who have been impacted by police violence. The initiative would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental health training, and it would change… Read More of “YouthCare Endorses De-Escalate Washington”

4.2 million Homeless Young People is Unacceptable: We Must Do More

Over 40 years ago, Congress passed the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act—the first and only federal law targeted at serving unaccompanied youth. For nearly as long, homeless youth providers and organizations like the National Network for Youth have advocated that Congress fund well-researched and accurate data on the prevalence of youth homelessness. For decades, those… Read More of “4.2 million Homeless Young People is Unacceptable: We Must Do More”

YouthCare Endorses King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy

YouthCare supports the renewal of the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL). Our region faces an affordability crisis. Rents in Seattle have risen 57% in the last six years and studies show that every $100 increase in rent is associated with a 15% increase in homelessness in metropolitan areas. King County is… Read More of “YouthCare Endorses King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy”

GSBA Honors YouthCare with Nonprofit of the Year Award

YouthCare is honored to be named Nonprofit of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA).  The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.… Read More of “GSBA Honors YouthCare with Nonprofit of the Year Award”

When it Comes to Teen Prostitution, How Much Suffering is Too Much?

“Some people seem willing to argue about what number represents an acceptable level of suffering that society is willing to tolerate,” write Justice Bobbe Bridge, Deborah Boyer, and YouthCare’s CEO, Melinda Givengo in this Seattle Times Op-ed. “Our answer is none. There is no minimum number of kids who must be exploited for us to… Read More of “When it Comes to Teen Prostitution, How Much Suffering is Too Much?”

YouthBuild Hosts Press Conference for Priority Hire Ordinance

Graduates from YouthCare’s YouthBuild Program spoke at Mayor Murray’s press conference today regarding the City’s new Priority Hire Ordinance. The legislation requires contractors to prioritize hiring women, low-income residents, and residents of color for city construction projects. It also increases existing requirements for contractors to hire apprentices and introduces requirements for hiring graduates from local pre-apprentice… Read More of “YouthBuild Hosts Press Conference for Priority Hire Ordinance”

YouthCare’s Civic Justice Corps Rehabilitates the Community

YouthCare’s Civic Justice Corps crew recently formed a new partnership with Community Arts Create, a local organization working to renovate their building on the corner of Rainier Avenue South and South Orcas Street in Columbia City.  The CAC team was desperate for help: work was progressing at a glacial pace without a dedicated group of… Read More of “YouthCare’s Civic Justice Corps Rehabilitates the Community”