Since our beginning in 1974, YouthCare has established itself as a local and national leader in helping youth achieve long-term stability. Over the last forty years, we’ve defined best practices and developed programs that set a national standard for excellence. YouthCare leads several community initiatives to help homeless youth and young adult providers across King County. Here are some of our current leadership initiatives.


Doorway Project 

The Doorway Project is an interdisciplinary partnership between the University of Washington and YouthCare in collaboration with University District service providers. This new project is focused on ending youth and young adult homelessness in our region. Partners are currently exploring a pilot one-stop service model that engages University of Washington students and faculty, service providers, and young people experiencing homelessness in the University District.

Youth Worker Institute 

The Youth Worker Institute (YWI) is an innovative pilot project led by YouthCare that provides training and professional development for nine agencies working with homeless youth and young adults in King County. The YWI offers both foundational training on best practices topics and more advanced training through skills workshops.


Bridge Collaborative

The Bridge Collaborative was established through a historic partnership led by YouthCare and the City of Seattle in collaboration with municipal and county authorities, health professionals, service providers, foundations, and private donors. The collaborative offers case consultation and training for community advocates from across King County who provide case management, support, resources, and referrals to commercially sexually exploited youth.