Mission: YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.
History: For nearly 40 years, YouthCare has been a leader in providing effective services to Seattle’s homeless youth. In 1974, a group of concerned citizens started a three-bed shelter for homeless and runaway youth, the first in the Western United States. Since then, we have grown to become a community-based agency with six sites serving the greater Seattle area.
Events We Have Partnered On:
The Gauntlet - May 15, 2016
Neighborhood Expo - April 6, 2016
Kitchen Challenge - October 21, 2013
Kitchen Challenge - August 29, 2013
Kitchen Challenge - May 30, 2013
Kitchen Challenge - February 7, 2013
Kitchen Challenge - November 28, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - October 24, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - September 26, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - August 22, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - July 25, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - June 27, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - May 23, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - April 25,2012
Kitchen Challenge - March 28, 2012
Kitchen Social - March 15, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - February 22, 2012
Kitchen Social - February 16, 2012
Kitchen Social - January 26, 2012
Kitchen Challenge - January 25, 2012
Kitchen Social - December 1, 2011
Orion Center Meal Preparation - November 7, 2011
Kitchen Social - November 3, 2011
Kitchen Social - October 20, 2011
Kitchen Social - September 15, 2011
Kitchen Social - August 18, 2011
Kitchen Social - July 21, 2011
Kitchen Social - June 16, 2011
Kitchen Social - May 19, 2011
Yelp Helps - October 21, 2010
Projects We Have Partnered On:
Kitchen Challenge - When YouthCare mentioned to us that repeatedly had a surplus of some pantry items and they wanted to come up with a creative way to utilize these items we created Kitchen Challenge. Led by a trained chef, our volunteers assessed the pantry items available and were challenged to make a meal for the shelter in 90 minutes. The results were delicious.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
One person can make a real difference for homeless youth. Volunteers sort in-kind donations to ensure they get to youth quickly. They tutor those studying for GED exams. They cook dinner at housing programs. They plant flowers.
By doing these things, and many more, volunteers demonstrate to young people that this community is there, now and always, to take care of them. They also help YouthCare keep its costs down — and allow our staff to focus on their main work: getting homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life.
Interested in volunteering year-round? Here's what they typically look for in a volunteer:
- Willingness to support our community's homeless youth
- 21+ years old
- Understanding and strong follow through on YouthCare's required volunteer boundaries
- Ability to commit to the time commitment, typically 6 months consecutively
- Ability to pass a national background check
YouthCare serves young people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious beliefs. They seek volunteers that reflect that diversity.