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

  • November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

    “It is easier to build young children than to repair broken men” – Frederick Douglass We greatly appreciate you taking the time to learn more about youth homelessness and checking out our blog. This is made possible by the hard work and dedication of Youth Emergency Services’ Youth Advisory Council. The Council is comprised of […]


    For a couple of months, Plant One More has been partnering with Youth Emergency Services to provide fresh, homegrown produce to the youth served by YES. YES youth have been excited to receive this generous, weekly gift, and YES wanted to share the story of how this program came to be. We checked in with […]


    It is rare to find such positive trends towards such a large scale issue as the extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy in the United States.  According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned pregnancy, since the early 1990s, teen pregnancy and birth rates in the United State have declined by 52% and 57% […]

  • Girl Scouts Giving Back

    Wendy Hamilton, Fund Development Director with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, contacted Youth Emergency Services (YES) in early November with a simple request: she had a group of dedicated young ladies eager to serve their community, and wanted to give back to YES during the holiday season. The best part? The girls indicated that instead of […]