YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first shelters to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. Since then, YouthCare has expanded to 14 sites serving over 1,500 youth every year. YouthCare is excited and honored to join the Capitol Hill community and bring innovative and lasting solutions to young people and the community.
YouthCare will be primarily focused on building an Employment & Education Academy at the corner of Broadway and Pine. When optimized, the Academy will welcome more than 350 students annually and focus on the development of both personal leadership and career-discovery curriculum, as well as supporting sector-based learning opportunities that ensure that young people moving beyond homelessness have the skills and confidence to achieve long-term stability.
Training tracks are in development, grounded by in-depth research about regional employment opportunities over the next two decades, feedback from young people, and former YouthCare clients. YouthCare is partnering with Capitol Hill Housing on the acquisition of the building—adding low-income housing units ranging from 30%-60% AMI workforce housing, including units that will house formerly homeless transitional aged youth.