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What We Do

The Need

Each night, hundreds of youth in the Omaha metro are homeless. Many of these youth have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home.

Many others are facing health, mental health, and substance abuse issues beyond their control. Without proper support and guidance, these vulnerable adolescents cannot succeed independently, and will likely fall into the cycle of homelessness as adults.

Youth Emergency Services (YES) exists to help these youth turn their lives around.

  • An estimated 1.6 million youth are homeless each year in the United States
  • Nearly 50% of homeless youth have been physically or sexually abused
  • 1 in 4 youth have traded sex for means of survival such as shelter, food, or clothing

Youth from all YES programs can benefit from:

  • Human trafficking survivor support
  • Job readiness classes
  • Intensive case management
  • Mental health services
  • Nursing services
  • Homeless prevention services
  • Community connections/support

For more information, we recommend the following resources:
National Coalition for the Homeless- Homeless Youth Fact Sheet
National Network for Youth
National Alliance to End Homelessness