Street Outreach consists of a 2-person mobile team that covers all cities in South King County (Auburn, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila) looking for youth and young adults (YYA) ages 12-24 who may benefit from our services. They travel to areas YYA congregate, spread information about available resources, and connect interested individuals to services immediately if possible/requested. They work closely with South King County cities for information sharing and assistance as necessary.
Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)
The Bridge Collaborative Community Advocate provides case management for commercially sexually exploited youth or those at risk, ages 12-24. A hotline is staffed 24/7 for referrals, questions, or to assist in determining whether or not a young person you’re working with may be at risk for or currently being exploited. This advocate can work in tandem with other programs and case managers. The Bridge Collaborative is comprised of YouthCare, Friends of Youth, Nexus, and the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS).
Youth and Family Connection Network
Case management for youth and young adults ages 12-25 (26th birthday = cutoff) and their families, with a goal to divert individuals from the homeless system to reunify with a safe support system. Referrals can come from anywhere, and support is provided for the entire family. This case manager can work in tandem with other programs and case managers. The program is run in collaboration with YouthCare and Friends of Youth.
National Safe Place, King County
Nexus Youth and Families, in partnership with Friends of Youth and Youth Care, operates a county-wide program that connects with at-risk youth to place them back at home or in a shelter until a safety plan can be created. Youth can walk into any Safe Place location, board a Metro bus or call/text the Safe Place number and a staff member will answer and respond 24/7. Within 45 minutes of the call, staff will assist the youth in person, and help them either return home (when appropriate) or assist with accessing shelter or other services.