Street Stories

street stories

YES interacts with hundreds of youth each year, and each one has a unique story. As you read these stories, we hope you'll get a sense of not only the challenges our youth face, but of the strength and determination our youth display as they work to turn their lives around. Check back often for new stories.

  • Pregnant and abused

  • From homeless youth to YES employee

  • Living in a hotel

  • Running away from gang activity

  • From homeless youth to Professional Mixed Martial Arts announcer

  • Sexual abuse and drug use

  • Mother-daughter conflict

  • High school student living out of her car

 

In the News

  • For years, you have been providing the support needed to keep the Youth Emergency Services’ shelter open as a safe place for homeless and at-risk youth. Today, the security homeless youth feel while staying at the shelter is in jeopardy without your help. With no other options, last year 75 youth sought alternative, unsafe housing […]

  • Anger flows thru my blood Depression lives in my thoughts Pain resigns in my heart Covered in scars from head to toe Vision blurred by trauma Hesitation and second guessing Trust has been broken The feeling of abandoned and used has become normal Have made footprints in the sand but have also been forgotten Made […]

  • What is Safe Place? Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, […]

  • The nights I spent homeless left me feeling helpless and alone. I never imagined my life would be where it is now. Because of you, I have the security of knowing those dark days are behind me. Unfortunately, there are still hundreds of youth in our community facing homelessness every day. Youth Emergency Services never […]