The campaign will raise funds for a coalition of organizations working at the front lines; these organizations collectively serve thousands of young people every day; our goal is to empower them to serve significantly more, with the greatest impact, until the point where we’ve provided the necessary opportunities for every youth in need.
The mission of Safe Place for Youth (SPY) is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time.
Safe Place for Youth works with youth to transition off the streets and into stable housing through three core areas of service: Drop-In Center, Street Outreach, and Case Management. In 2014, Safe Place for Youth served 784 unduplicated homeless youth ages 12-25.
The Harbour achieves its mission to offer youth safety today and opportunities for a successful tomorrow through programs providing safe housing and supportive services. Our vision is that all youth will live in a safe environment, achieve personal maturity and establish and maintain healthy relationships within their families and with others.
The Harbour is the only agency serving homeless suburban youth in Chicago - a population that is often denied and overlooked. Services include emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis intervention, case management, life skills training, educational support, employment support and aftercare.
General Assembly's Opportunity Fund is a philanthropic fellowship program providing hands-on education, mentorship, and career opportunities to underrepresented youth who have shown a passion for technology and a strong commitment to build a career in tech; the Fund helps them transform their life and pursue a new upwardly mobile career in the 21st century economy.
Opportunity Fund will leverage the funds raised via Start from here to provide hands-on education and career opportunities to economically disadvantaged young people in New York City.
The CHRIS Kids mission is to heal children, strengthen families and build community. The CHRIS Kids vision is to improve the community by providing children, adults and families with high quality trauma informed counseling and support services.
In the CHRIS TransitionZ Program we help single and parenting youth, ages 17 – 24, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of aging out of foster care. Through safe housing, street outreach, case management, life skills training, aftercare, emergency and employment assistance we help young people get their lives on track. Since its founding CHRIS Kids has served more than 30,000 individuals.
The mission of Larkin Street Youth Services is to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street. Services include: education + employment, emergency + transitional housing, street outreach, drop-in + referral centers, medical clinics, mental health + counseling, life skills training and case-management. Specialized services for various age groups, as well as youth coming out of the foster care system, those with mental health challenges, those that self-identify as LGBTQ, and those who are HIV/AIDS+.
There are over 1,900 youth, ages 12-24, homeless and without a safe place to sleep on any given night in San Francisco. More than 30% of Larkin Street's clients self-identify as LGBTQ, in part because youth from across the country come to San Francisco to find acceptance after being turned away by their families because of their sexual and gender identification. The rising cost of housing in San Francisco is negatively impacting individuals of all ages, however youth in need of education and work experience are some of the hardest hit.
Larkin defines success by setting the bar high. Two years after leaving services, youth will have:
The organizations below have a combined 100 years’ experience combating youth homelessness. Their teams are delivering an array of vital services every day, and share a collective vision for the empowerment and full realization of every youth in need.