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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Youth Development

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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Jasmine H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

Linda_DCOffice

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.