The Center for Youth answers the call from our community’s most vulnerable young people through our Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter and Housing Programs; Crisis Response Services; School-Based Programs; and Community Outreach Services. We believe our young people – often at higher risk with fewer resources – hold the greatest potential. Your gift will allow us to provide food, shelter, safety and warmth, counseling, guidance, and compassionate care, while we advocate for and empower 22,000 young people this year.
These stories illustrate the impact your support has on our young people.
Damante was in the third grade when he decided to try his hand at something new. He joined Strings for Success, a unique violin instruction program open to grades three through eight at Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19. Full Story
Quenesha graduated in May from Syracuse University with a Business Analyst job lined up at a Fortune 500 company in New York City. Just seven years earlier, she was a young teenager running away from a difficult situation. Full Story
Recovering from a life of commercial sexual exploitation takes time, and assisting youth victims takes just as much time as it does persistence and compassion. Kira’s story illustrates the struggle youth victims of trafficking face. Full Story
Kendra’s hopes and dreams for her family could have been derailed. Without warning and with just two weeks left at Monroe Community College, the mother of four lost her childcare provider for her daughter, Issys. Kendra turned to the Crisis Nursery. Full Story.
Kelly, a student at a suburban middle school, had been assigned to the Alternative-to-Suspension program for fighting with a classmate. When she was approached by the same classmate a few weeks later, she had a much different response. Full Story