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

  • Safe Place

    If a youth has ever been in a dangerous situation, they need to know about Safe Place. If a teen is the victim of assault or violence, they need to know about Safe Place. If any young person is ever afraid to return home, they need to know about Safe Place.  What is Safe Place? […]

  • Poem by Anonymous

      Picture and poem by a current YES youth.  

  • Street Out Reach Program: Lonnie’s Story

    Lonnie’s life has had many different paths, and for a long time it didn’t have a clear direction. At the age of 7, Lonnie was adopted. He had parents, siblings, and a place to call home. But all of that quickly changed after he turned 18. It was at that time his parents decided that […]

  • Three Way For Teens to Help Homeless Teens