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Phone: 202.675.9340
741 8th Street SE
District of Columbia 20003

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Target demographics: At-risk youth ages 12 - 24 in the Washington, DC area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 youth and 5,00 family members per year.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: tutor a student, or help prepare a group of youth for the job-search process.

Programs: SBY provides services to 1,500 young people and 5,000 family members through the l4 programs we operate. The services include: emergency shelter for approximately 250 runaway and homeless youth per year at Sasha Bruce House; home-based counseling to at-risk youth and families at Zocalo Outreach; three Independent Living Programs providing youth with supportive, apartment-based living to help them transition to self-sufficiency; a group home for teen mothers in the foster care system and an independent living program for homeless young mothers, both providing support toward self-sufficiency and parenting skills training; two programs that work with youth involved in the court system -- one that provides intensive services as an alternative to prosecution, and one that offers a structured home-like environment instead of detention; Families Ties, which supports parents with HIV/AIDS develop plans for their children; SAFAH, which provides housing assistance and counseling to homeless families transitioning into permanent housing; Youthbuild, which provides academic training toward a GED and training in carpentry skills for youth who have left school; AIDS Prevention Services, offering information and support on how to be safe and healthy to youth on the streets and at all other SBY programs; and substance abuse services.

The mission of SBY is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, neglected and at-risk youth in Washington, DC. We are dedicated to re-uniting families whenever possible or providing a place for young people to grow up when it is not. Our services are aimed at stabilizing families, supporting positive social relationships, getting an education, remaining drug free and healthy, getting employment and teaching life skills that encourage self-sufficiency. Our philosophy and approach is to identify strengths within a family and/or youth and help them build on them.

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I have learned so much about working with teenagers and using therapeutic methods to help them understand themselves and the world around them better. At Sasha Bruce, I've learned to help those seeking help understand their own competencies; it's incredible how few people believe they are enough. ... more »
Without Sasha Bruce Youthwork, I might not even be alive today. I found the program through their website in July of 2009, shortly before I turned 18. At that point in my life I had been mentally and sexually abused for years by my stepfather. I'd dropped out of school and had no social life ... more »
I love working for Sasha Bruce Youthwork. I love the diversity of the staff, residents and our programs. We truly serve the forgotten of the DC metropolitan area and I am impressed with the agencies initiative to hire from the community it serves... more »
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