Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc.

Rating: 4.75 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 741 8th Street SE Washington DC 20003 USA

Mission: 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.
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.
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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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. Through what I've learned in my work with the Youth-Led program, I have become such a well rounded person, and I have had the opportunity to learn about some incredible kids in Anacostia that most of the world doesn't care to look at.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Youth-Led program at Ballou Senior High School, and seeing the difference in our kids that now have access to college prep, self-empowerment, and watching them discover their own self-worth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have less bureaucracy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 whatsoever. Upon entering Sasha Bruce Youthwork's Independent Living Program, I not only finished high school on the honor roll, but I received counseling, got my first job, learned valuable life skills, and was offered a full scholarship to Lincoln University. Without this non-profit and the incredible people who work for it, my life could have gone from bad to much, much worse. Sasha Bruce Youthwork isn't around for recognition or any honors and awards-- this program loves children, believes in children, and it shows.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their Independent Living Program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create a living arrangement for those moving out of the organization's residential homes, such as an apartment building. The residents would live as they would in any other complex, paying rent and utilities and so on. This would insure each client transitioning out of their other residential programs will have housing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

their website.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Sasha Bruce Youthwork stresses the importance of education. As a result, I finished high school and got into college, one of them on a full scholarship.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting young persons to get back on their feet and become productive members of society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the hiring process - it takes too long!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sasha Bruce uses a very human approach towards the young people they serve because they recognize and build on the strengths that each individual has.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing a student change his or her attitude toward learning.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get its name out a bit more to expand its reach.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently volunteering at Sasha Bruce Youthwork and love the atmosphere here! The people are nice and caring and go out of their way to help newcomers. I have been truly amazed at all the ways SBY works to help the community of Washington, DC. They have programs that focus on all different issues relating to homelessness so a child in need is bound to be able to receive help from one of our programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the stories of the people we have helped and the evident deep-rooted relationships between clients and staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more funding so they could help more youth in the Washington, DC area.

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Rating: 4 stars  

SBY is a great DC organization with a caring staff! Their comprehensive supports and wrap around services provide a stable structure for youth to move through. I wish them all the best in continuing their great work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with them in various partnerships

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand violence prevention programming into Ward 8

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sasha Bruce Youthwork is an incredible organization that works effectively with disadvantaged youth in Washington, DC. The kids come from broken homes, and have many of the problems that afflict urban inner city youth such as homelessness, dropping out of school, teen pregnancy etc. In the supportive environment created by the staff of SBY, these young people get a second chance to grow up as productive members of society.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have visited one of the group homes and the main office and I am impressed by the work of SBY.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make this a national organization that could be exported to other inner city environments where there are poor and troubled youth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Sasha Bruce was really good. They welcomed me in a friendly, open way and introduced me to my job immediately so I could start working right away. I enjoyed the atmosphere over there conditioned by the nice people who work there and were really grateful for the job I was doing. I appreciate their work a lot and hope they will always have support from people, other organizations etc.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Due to the short period of time, unfortunately I never had the chance to gain a deep insight :(

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Due to the short period of time unfortunately I never had the chance to gain a deep insight :(

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