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

  • NEW WHEELS

    Hi! My name is Felicia, and I am going to explain how dedication and hard work helped me buy my first car.   Two years ago, I joined a program called Opportunity Passport. This program is for anyone who has been a former ward of the state. Opportunity Passport helps former wards by matching any money saved to help those […]

  • YOUTH ART: TREY

    About Trey: Trey came to Youth Emergency Services to find a better life for himself. After staying with his cousin for awhile, he left when he refused to drop out of school at her request. He had nowhere else to turn and very little resources available to him. That’s when he learned about YES. Trey says, […]

  • OMAHA GIVES

    Last Wednesday, May 21, was Omaha’s second annual Omaha Gives! day. Youth Emergency Services participated, and everyone was so surprised and overwhelmed by the community support. This year, YES had set a goal to raise $15,000. Our supportive donors exceeded our expectations and raised over $17,000! That amount is almost double the amount raised last […]

  • New Shelter Bathroom

    With so many youth coming and going at the YES Emergency Shelter, it’s no surprise that it would need an update sooner or later. The First United Methodist Church of Springfield has graciously helped YES to make that update a reality. After taking a look at the before pictures, it’s easy to see why they […]