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YouthCare Welcomes New Faces to Board of Directors

Fri, 10/17/2014

YouthCare is proud to welcome six new members to its board of directors. Erin Coomer, J.D. Read more

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BNB and YouthCare Team Renovate the Orion Center

Mon, 10/06/2014

BNBuilders and several local subcontractors recently teamed up for a day of volunteer service in coordination with YouthCare, a non-profit organization providing basic services, educational resources, and emergency shelter to homeless and at-risk young people.  BNBuilders sponsored and organized the event to beautify YouthCare’ Read more

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Starbucks, Schultz Family Fund National Expansion of Barista Program

Tue, 09/09/2014

The Seattle Times' Angel Gonzalez shares the good news about the Barista Training and Education Program, founded 10 years ago as a partnership between YouthCare and FareStart:  Read more

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The Seattle Times
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Macklemore & YouthCare team up to fight LGBTQ youth homelessness

Tue, 07/01/2014

Seattle musical icon Macklemore joined YouthCare at Sunday’s Seattle Pride Parade to help raise awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness. YouthCare’s parade entry was generously sponsored by Titan. Read more

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Crosscut Highlights Local Solutions to Youth Homelessness

Wed, 04/23/2014

Crosscut has launched a multipart series on youth and young adult homelessness, which they are exploring from many angles. Read more

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Crosscut
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YouthCare Announces Parenting Workshops

Mon, 03/31/2014

As part of YouthCare's Project SAFE program, YouthCare is offering a series of FREE classes for parents and caregivers looking for tools to use in addressing the needs of their teens, ages 12-17. Parents/caregivers may register for as many workshops as they like; to register, please call (425) 282-0341. Read more

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YouthCare's Luncheon Inspires and Informs

Thu, 03/13/2014

We are amazed! Thanks to everyone who joined us this year, YouthCare's 29th Annual Luncheon raised an impressing $552,000! We offer many thanks to our Challenge Pool donors, whose generosity in advance of the event helped inspire our guests and matched donations of $250 and above, and to all of our generous corporate sponsors. Read more

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Nearly 800 Youth Counted as Homeless During Count Us In

Fri, 03/07/2014

Count Us In is King County’s annual effort to count youth and young adults (YYA) aged 12-25 who are unstably housed or homeless. In January 2014, King County held its fourth annual Count Us In. Count Us In uses data from the following two sources to create a point-in-time profile of homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults: Read more

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King County Homeless Youth and Young Adult Initiative
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Local Foundations Pledge $450,000 to Support Homeless Youth

Tue, 01/21/2014

Alarmed by cuts in federal funding for critical services to prevent and end youth homelessness in King County, three Seattle-based philanthropies have committed $450,000 to help bridge the gap. Read more

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Pearl Jam Wins the Holiday Charity Challenge!

Tue, 12/24/2013

We are thrilled to report that the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs Pearl Jam vs Slog Holiday Charity Challenge (in which these three esteemed Seattle institutions compete to see  whose fans can raise the most for YouthCare) has raised $109,307.76 with fans of Pearl Jam raising a whopping $48,890.27! Read more

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Charity Challenge Raises more than $100k for YouthCare!

Mon, 12/23/2013

The Stranger announced the amazing news today on Slog:

This just in from YouthCare/the Orion Center: "The Challenge EXCEEDED goal and has currently raised $103,057.76!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazing!" Read more

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The Stranger
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A Message of Thanksgiving

Thu, 11/28/2013

As I sit in my office reflecting over the past few weeks, there is so much to be thankful for. Despite significant federal budget cuts and expiring private funds, our Young Adult Shelter has survived, the YouthBuild and Civic Justice Corps employment training programs remain open and accepting new cohorts, and a full holiday season has begun. Read more

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Facilities Become a Safe Place for Teens in Crisis

Tue, 11/26/2013

Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities are the first City of Seattle agencies to become part of the Safe Place network in King County. As of November 1, the start of Runaway and Homeless Youth Prevention Month, 37 Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities, are a Safe Place where youth ages 12-17 can ask for help when in crisis. Read more

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Evaluation of Safe Place in King County Points to Success!

Wed, 11/20/2013

YouthCare is pleased to join our partners Friends of Youth and Auburn Youth Resources to share a recent evaluation of Safe Place in King County. Safe Place quickly connects runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17 to services, either by reuniting them with their family or providing them with emergency shelter. Read more

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City Funding to Support Young Adult Shelter

Tue, 11/19/2013

We are excited to announce that the Seattle City Council Budget Committee voted Tuesday to approve $130,000 in funding for YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter. The City Council will officially approve their budget November 25th. Read more

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Support from County Council Reduces YouthCare's Budget Gap

Tue, 11/12/2013

We are thrilled to announce that King County Council has taken the first step to filling the budget gap that threatens the closure of YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter for 18-24 year olds. Read more

Times Are Tough, but So Are We

Fri, 10/25/2013

A message from Melinda Giovengo, YouthCare's Executive Director

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YouthCare’s Civic Justice Corps Rehabilitates the Community

Fri, 09/13/2013

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 progress Read more

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On the Frontline of Prevention

Sat, 08/31/2013

When she worked with homeless youth as a case manager, Annie Cotton kept wishing she could have started with each one of them sooner. By the time they walked through her door, they had fallen through every crack in every system, and usually had little to no family support. Read more

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Teens Use Social Media to Help Homeless Youth

Tue, 08/20/2013

The teens participating in a weeklong Social Media for Social Change camp last week at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor’s Center were already pretty tuned into the idea of giving back to the community. Read more

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer “Superstar” Ting Tells All

Thu, 08/15/2013

Two-and-a-half years and over 180 volunteer hours has brought Jennifer Ting across YouthCare’s continuum of care. She serves in a variety of ways:   Read more

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A Platform for Youth Expression

Thu, 08/01/2013

On the evening of Tuesday, July 23rd the Neptune Theatre was filled with theatergoers, waiting patiently for a program of new one-act plays to begin. The plays ranged in artistic style and voices – one an abstract multimedia piece, another an exploration of isolation and community. Read more

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YouthCare's YouthBuild Seeks New Funding

Mon, 07/15/2013

On June 28, 2013, YouthCare learned that we did not receive a Federal Department of Labor grant to continue our YouthBuild program, which we've been running since 2009. In YouthBuild, young adults 18-24 who have experienced homelessness earn construction industry certifications while working to obtain their GEDs or high school diplomas. Read more

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The Piano Man

Wed, 07/10/2013

You may remember hearing about Devin a few months ago – a piano tuner and avid pianophile, he wanted to share his love of piano music with the homeless young people we serve. Many of our clients and residents are talented musicians, but have limited access to quality instruments on which to learn. The piano at the James W. Read more

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Fifteen Reasons to GiveBIG for Homeless Youth on May 15

Tue, 05/07/2013

Youth in our community aren’t homeless by choice:

  1. On any given night in Seattle, 700-1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep.
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Volunteer Spotlight - Lessons Learned Around the Dinner Table

Mon, 04/22/2013

Residents in YouthCare housing, like most young people, have to do chores like taking out the garbage and mopping the floor; like most young people, they sometimes need a few reminders. Read more

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Safe Place Week Highlights Important Successes

Wed, 03/20/2013

Seventeen-year-old Penelope had been couch surfing for months to escape an unsafe living situation with her parents. When her uncle offered her a place to stay more permanently, she was understandably scared and wary of adults. She was already connected to an Outreach Counselor at YouthCare’s James W. Read more

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YouthCare Luncheon Sets New Record!

Tue, 03/19/2013

Thanks to everyone who joined us this year, YouthCare's 28th Annual Luncheon raised an impressive $589,118! Many thanks to our Challenge Pool donors, whose gifts matched donations of $250 and up, and to all of our generous corporate sponsors. Read more

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Volunteer's project is music to our ears

Fri, 03/08/2013

Devin, a piano tuner by trade and YouthCare volunteer, loves pianos. Despite his best efforts, however, the pianos of YouthCare have seen better days. While so many of the young people we serve are incredible musicians, the equipment just doesn’t do them justice. Read more

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Now More than Ever

Wed, 02/20/2013

Today we received the preliminary report from Count Us In, a point-in-time count of homeless youth in King County conducted by a group of youth service providers and key community members from across the county with support from the United Way of King County. Read more

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Young, Unemployed and Living on the Street

Tue, 12/18/2012

The New York Times explores the growing number of young adults who find themselves homeless, despite college credits and work histories. YouthCare clients and staff contribute their views to the article and accompanying video. Read more

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The New York Times
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Putting the “drive” back in holiday drive

Thu, 12/13/2012

The many fantastic individuals and groups hosting holiday drives for our community’s homeless youth typically have a box or a bin where donors can place items. Read more

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From Tiles to Transformation

Tue, 12/04/2012

The Tile Project is that rare thing provided for homeless youth: a pre-employment program, where young people (15–22) who might not qualify for more directly job-focused training have a chance to move forward, to prepare for life. Leslie Horton has been “Tile’s” case manager for eight years. Read more

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Homeless Youth Face ID Crisis

Tue, 12/04/2012

It’s hard to move forward — or just get by — when you don’t officially exist. Without proper ID, homeless youth find themselves in a nightmare scenario: their present situation is made absurdly worse, and the most promising paths out of it are largely blocked. Read more

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The Boeing Company Invests in Homeless Youth

Fri, 11/30/2012

The Boeing Company has awarded a $75,000 grant to support two employment training programs for homeless youth. Read more

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Host a Drive this Holiday Season

Mon, 11/26/2012

The holidays are tough for the homeless youth we serve, whether they’re all of 24 years old or as young as 12. YouthCare tries to make the season a little brighter for them by preparing home cooked meals, decorating for the holidays, and fulfilling a few holiday wishes. We rely entirely on community support to provide these holiday extras. Read more

B Caring Bonus Days at Bartell Drugs!

Wed, 11/21/2012

It's 'B Caring Bonus Days' and Bartell Drugs is getting into the spirit of giving! Read more

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Double Your Donation on #GivingTuesday

Fri, 11/16/2012

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Check out the newest day in the holiday season this year: #GivingTuesday. Businesses, community groups, and nonprofits around the country are coming together on November 27 to promote giving back to the community. Read more

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Help YouthCare Become a "Top Rated" Nonprofit!

Tue, 11/06/2012

Help spread the word about YouthCare's work to get homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life. GreatNonprofits – a review site like Yelp or TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2012 Top-Rated Awards. Read more

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More Beds for Homeless Youth at YouthCare

Mon, 11/05/2012

On a cold, dark winter night, a safe and dry place to sleep is out of reach for too many of our community’s homeless youth. As of October 1, safe shelter is open to more youth each night, as YouthCare expanded the capacity of our Young Adult Shelter (YAS) from 15 to 20 beds. Read more

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Just Beet It!

Wed, 08/29/2012

We have a beet bounty at YouthCare, thanks to our good friends at Farms for Life and the wonderful produce they deliver each week - everything from swiss chard and bok choy to purple carrots, and of course, beets. Read more

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Celebrating a Safe Place for Youth In King County

Mon, 08/13/2012

It has been one year since National Safe Place launched in King County – providing immediate help to teens in crisis and connecting them to resources.  Since its initial partnership with King County Metro buses (which account for 1,100 mobile sites), the program has grown to also include 61 stationary sites with  King County Libraries, the Shoreline and Renton locations of Compa Read more

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King 5 News

KUOW: The State of Homeless Youth

Thu, 08/09/2012

Hear Star, a peer outreach intern with YouthCare, and Executive Director Melinda Giovengo discuss youth homelessness in Seattle from their perspectives on KUOW's The Conversation: Read more

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Measuring Youth Homelessness in King County

Tue, 07/17/2012

“In King County, Washington, 685 youth and young adults were homeless or unstably housed on May 16, 2012.” This is the conclusion of a new report on “Count Us In,” a point-in-time count of homeless youth in King County, conducted by a group of youth service providers and key community members from across the county with support from the United Way of King County. Read more

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We Love Thai Cooking!

Mon, 07/16/2012

Ask people what dishes they think of when they think of feeding the homeless and you’ll most likely get responses like casserole, meatloaf and pasta.  It’s understandable – these are all comfort foods and relatively easy to prepare (and it’s true, our kids love them!).  But ask that question to one of the most popular volunteer cooks at the James W. Read more

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Summer Jobs Scarce for Homeless Teens

Mon, 07/02/2012

This summer, seven out of ten teenagers nationally will be unemployed. Read more

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YouthCare's GED Program Receives $100,000 Grant

Fri, 06/15/2012

"Now imagine if you will, if you had to send your children into this job market without a high school education: think of the prospects of the jobs they could apply for," asked Ann Williams, YouthCare board member and long-time GED tutor, as she accepted a $100,000 award from the Washington Women's Foundation. These generous funds will allow YouthCare expand our program to help more young people improve their lives and prospects. Read more

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YouthCare Prom: A Night to Remember

Fri, 06/01/2012

Being homeless isn't just about lacking the essential basics like adequate housing, food, and clothing. It also means being cut off - from your peers and from common experiences. Each year, YouthCare hosts a prom for the young people we serve and it's always a highlight. Read more

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1,104 Homeless/Unstably Housed Youth At Count Us In

Thu, 05/17/2012

On May 16, 2012, service providers throughout King County, in coordination with United Way of King County, hosted a point in time count of homeless and unstably housed youth, known as "Count Us In." Read more

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Windermere Foundation Supports YouthCare

Tue, 05/15/2012

The team at Windermere Property Management / Lori Gill & Associates (WPM/LGA) recently joined YouthCare for a tour of its James W. Read more

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A Fresh Coat of Paint

Tue, 05/15/2012

A fresh coat of paint might seem like a simple change, but it can transform a house into a home. Read more

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New Outdoor Space for Straley House

Fri, 05/04/2012

On May 3, YouthCare dedicated a small but powerful space: a new courtyard for the Catalyst Program at Straley House. Read more

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King County Gave Big on May 2!

Thu, 05/03/2012

Thanks to the generosity of over 37,000 donors, local organizations raised over $7.4 million during GiveBIG, a day of giving organized by The Seattle Foundation. It is an inspiring reminder of what a dedicated, involved, and caring community we have, and YouthCare is proud to be among the many wonderful organizations supported during the day. Read more

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The Seattle Foundation
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How Many Homeless Youth Live in King County?

Mon, 04/30/2012

It's a difficult question to answer, though it is estimated that in Seattle alone, there are 700 to 1,000 youth with no safe place to sleep each night. It's relatively easy to add up the number of youth staying in shelters on a given night, but until recently, few homeless counts tracked unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults living in unstable housing or on the streets. Read more

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5 Reasons We Love Volunteers

Mon, 04/16/2012

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and at YouthCare that means lots of “Thank you's”! Last year, 1,872 volunteers donated 9,745 hours of their time. Those are impressive numbers, but they don’t begin to capture the impact that volunteers have on our work to get homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life.   Read more

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YouthCare's Luncheon Breaks Records

Thu, 03/22/2012

More than 1,000 community members joined us on March 22 at The Westin Seattle for YouthCare’s 27th Annual Luncheon. The event was a tremendous success, raising a record breaking $553,327. All gifts over $250 were matched by a pool of generous supporters, and thanks to our generous sponsors, 100% of donations will go directly to supporting YouthCare’s work. Read more

YouthCare's New Video Asks "Are We Willing?"

Thu, 03/22/2012

We are proud to debut a new video that explains why and how YouthCare works to get Seattle's homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life!

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Safe Place Expands in King County

Mon, 03/19/2012

YouthCare is thrilled to announce that Compass Housing Alliance (CHA) is joining our National Safe Place team! Locations in Shoreline and Renton will soon open their doors as “Safe Places,” where teens in crisis can ask for help and wait in safety for that help to arrive. Read more

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Celebrating 15 Years at ISIS House

Mon, 03/12/2012

Since 1997, Trudy Barry has worked the night shift at YouthCare’s ISIS House, our transitional living program for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies (the only program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest). Read more

More People Sleeping Outside in King County in 2012

Fri, 01/27/2012

Despite last night's frigid temperatures, there were thousands without shelter in King County. That's no exaggeration: 800 volunteers found 2,594 people sleeping on the streets, under bridges, in their cars, on public transit, in temporary shelters and in makeshift campsites. This is 152 more people than volunteers counted one year ago. Read more

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Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
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The Tile Project: Making Art, Rebuilding Lives

Thu, 01/05/2012

The Tile Project has been part of YouthCare’s offering of employment training programs for almost 15 years. On the face of it, it's about making art: for 10 weeks, participants (age 15–22) come to the James W. Read more

YouthCare's Holiday Roundup!

Thu, 01/05/2012

The holidays are indeed over: decorations are packed away for next year, school and work regain their normal pace, and the days get longer. But we want to take a moment to reflect on the truly incredible outpouring of community support that made the holidays bright for our young people this past year.

During December 2011, Read more

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Celebrating the holidays with YouthCare

Fri, 12/23/2011

Happy holidays from YouthCare. My name is Curtis Knopf, and this is my twelfth holiday season as program manager of Passages, YouthCare’s transitional living program for recently homeless youth ages 18-21.

I love the holiday season at Passages. It’s a difficult time, but I love it. Passages is a home, and the holidays bring that feeling forward. Read more

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Give the Gift of YouthCare!

Fri, 12/16/2011

Still searching for that perfect gift? Let YouthCare help you out, with three great presents that also support our mission to get homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life.  Read more

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It's not too late to help homeless youth this holiday season!

Fri, 12/16/2011

The holidays are a difficult time for the youth we serve. Your support helps show them that their community cares for them and that they are not forgotten.

Here are three easy ways to help our youth celebrate the season: Read more

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Put Your Name on Jason's Card

Thu, 12/08/2011

When his YouthCare case manager asked Jason what he’d like for the holidays this year, he responded, “Oh, I just want a card.” His case manager asked if he meant a gift card so he could pick something out for himself.   “No,” he replied. “Like a Christmas card that someone writes in.  That way I can keep it for years.” Read more

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YouthCare Receives 2011 Seattle Human Rights Award!

Mon, 12/05/2011

YouthCare is proud to announce that we have been selected as one of three recipients of the 2011 Seattle Human Rights Award. This award is presented annually by the Seattle Human Rights Commission. We are deeply honored by this recognition, and thank the City of Seattle for choosing us. Read more

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All I Want for Christmas is a New Houseplant: YouthCare's Holiday Wishes

Wed, 11/30/2011

What does your holiday wish list look like? The youth we serve have been busily preparing theirs, and the requested items speak volumes about the lives they are working so hard to create for themselves, with YouthCare’s help. Read more

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The Lives of Runaways

Tue, 11/22/2011

Two YouthCare clients joined our Executive Director, Melinda Giovengo, and Kristine Cunningham of the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, on KUOW's Weekday Show to talk about their experience as youth runaways. Read more

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KUOW Weekday Show with Steve Scher
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Do Good While Looking Good

Fri, 11/11/2011

Through the entire month of November, Budhi Skincare is donating 15% of proceeds from online sales to YouthCare. Budhi offers a unique skincare line for young people ages 9-19, and supports YouthCare year-round with proceeds from the sale of their lip balm. Read more

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November is National Runaway Prevention Month!

Tue, 11/01/2011

Young people run away from home because they think they have no other option. Keeping youth from running away in the first place is one way we can prevent youth homelessness and sexual exploitation. Read more

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PSALA Drives Home a Partnership with YouthCare

Mon, 10/24/2011

When YouthCare put out a call for warm clothing, hygiene supplies, and non-perishable food, the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (PSALA) responded in a big way. Read more

“Sometimes miracles happen”

Fri, 10/14/2011

Getting issues to move through the channels of local government can seem like a Sisyphean effort. Last Monday, YouthCare Executive Director Melinda Giovengo thanked the King County Council for teaming up with YouthCare to launch Safe Place, a program to help youth in crisis, within just three months of initial meetings. Read more

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YouthCare Gets Its Groups On!

Thu, 10/13/2011

What's an even better feeling than scoring a great deal on a local restaurant? Volunteering with friends or colleagues to make a difference in your community. YouthCare started the season off right on United Way’s Day of Caring with a group of 50 volunteers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more

Welcome to the new YouthCare.org!

Thu, 10/13/2011

We are thrilled to introduce our newly-redesigned website. We believe that it is easier to navigate, more informative, and more dynamic; we hope you agree. Check it out and let us know what you think! Read more

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Volunteers Offer Music Lessons, Mentorship to Homeless Youth

Tue, 10/11/2011

Teenagers often think up excuses to avoid piano practice, but at “Thursday Jams,” homeless youth show up in droves to learn from and jam with some of Seattle’s most talented musicians. It’s all part of a partnership between YouthCare and Arts Aftercare: every Thursday afternoon, Seattle musicians volunteer their time and musical talent to teach informal lessons to young people who come to regular drop-in hours at the James W. Ray Orion Center. Read more

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YouthCare, King County Metro provide a “Safe Place” for youth in crisis

Thu, 09/01/2011

Young people in crisis now need only find the nearest bus driver, thanks to a new partnership between King County, YouthCare, Auburn Youth Resources, Friends of Youth, and Safe Place, a national non-profit organization that builds community safety nets for young people in crisis.  Read more