Rating: 4.93 stars 72 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: 2500 NE 54th Street Seattle WA 98105 USA
Target demographics: Homeless youth 12-24 years old.
Geographic areas served: Seattle
Programs: Engage - our drop-in center and street outreach team help homeless young people meet their basic needs and connect to services, including case management and emergency shelter. Stabilize - We operate five transitional housing programs designed to give young people a safe place to work towards the next steps in their life, including education and employment. Prepare - our employment training programs help young people gain skills and confidence while learning how to write a resume, interview with employers, and maintain paid employment. Young people can complete their GED or enroll in high school with us. Once they've completed their secondary education, we work with them to apply to college.
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I have been extremely impressed by Youthcare's team (in social services so much depends on who is working with the clients), their integrity, their values, their commitment (they go above and beyond in ways big and small to improve the lives of their clients), and their strategy (don;t just provide a ht meal or a place to sleep but work with young people in need every step of the way).
Youthcare is a fantastic organization that meets youth where they are without judgement, offering a wide range of services and involvement. As a weekly volunteer at the drop-in center, we offer a place to come take care of themselves, do activities, and visit together. The youth are great, appreciative and respectful with better communications skills than any number of people I can think of.
YouthCare is a great organization serving homeless youth. I volunteer to provide a lunch meal once per month. The staff do a good job of having a relaxed and supportive atmosphere as they engage the young people they serve. Often as we serve lunch, the youths thank us.
YouthCare is a tremendous organization that does everything it can to respect, protect and empower the youths it serves.
I work as a volunteer helping to serve dinner. Every time I have gone, I found the center to be clean, well-lit and inviting to all the youth that would come. There is a sense of appreciation, too, of the good the center does for them as every single meal ends with at least a few of the kids thanking the volunteers for dinner. It has the feel of a safe space and on the only time I have witnessed an altercation among the youth, it was quickly taken outside an deescalated by staff. I'm very impressed with the services they provide and feel it makes a real difference which is why I continue to volunteer, if only to help in a small way to a greater cause.
Along with my coworkers I have been volunteering with Youth Care for over ten years providing hair and make up services for the annual prom and rounding up donations for gift bags to be given out at the holiday party. Youth Care and the Orion center staff strike a perfect balance of structure and flexibility in working with our volunteers. For many of the folks I work with this is their first time volunteering and the experience they have with Youth Care makes them want to sign up year after year. I love that in addition to the essential and emergency services provided that there is also energy put into creating fun events and meaningful experiences like the prom and holiday party. I appreciate every opportunity to support Youth Care and our downtown neighbors who use their services!
I can't say enough wonderful things about YouthCare. I volunteered with the organization for the first time over a decade ago. Now, I'm entering my third year running monthly styling workshops for youth in partnership with the One Eighty Foundation. The staff has an extraordinary ability to stay focused on the youth while still nurturing the volunteer's experience. Organized, consistent and always appreciative, the staff are exceptional. And the youth! They are unbelievable- relaxed, fun, open and thoughtful. After over 25 years of being involved with endless nonprofit organizations, I strongly recommend YouthCare. Any way that you can get involved, please do.
The government does not support homeless youth in the ways one would hope. Youth Care is an amazing organization and they fill a vital role in the Seattle community. Social workers help homeless kids with everything from the basics of food, shelter, and a shower to tutoring, job hunting, and counseling. The stories the youth tell of their struggles are heartbreaking. This organization needs our support financially and from volunteers who help with things such as preparing meals, tutoring, serving on the board and providing professional services. Please give them your support!
As a mother, it is obvious just how much support young people need to get a good start in life. The obstacles these kids face are enormous and certainly not of their choosing. Youthcare tackles the tough stuff and provides life-changing interventions that put these deserving young people on the path to stability and success. I am proud to be a volunteer and supporter of Youthcare. In my mind it is the best nonprofit in Seattle, period.
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I volunteered for youth care by cooking and serving lunches at the Orion center. The center really provides amazing essentials for young people who are really down and out. Giving them an opportunity to be safe, cared for and understood. Allowing many to move into a more stable phase and hope for the future. Really great work and an awesome place to volunteer.