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THANK YOU! Together we raised over $85,000 to support homeless youth!

One hot July night, nearly 500 individuals came together for one cause: homeless youth. In one evening over $85,000 was raised for Wind Youth Services, the area's only organization supporting homeless youth.

Thank you for your part in that success!

We announced that Wind is working on opening the region's only emergency shelter for youth, ages 18-24. Because of your generosity, and the generosity of our community, we are now one step closer!

To play a larger part in the opening of the region's only transition age youth emergency shelter, please contact Sarah at 916.822.5877

View more Summer Soiree snapshots here!

Help Wind brown bag it this summer!

Wind Youth Services is hitting the streets every day to hand out sack lunches and other necessary items all summer long!! We're going to where the youth are! Already this week we've handed out 40 sack lunches, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for donations of sack lunch items like:

sandwich meat & cheese, sandwich bread, fruit - apples, bananas, oranges or fruit cups are best - cliff bars and granola bars, fruit snacks, dried fruit & nuts, treats - cookies, candy, gum, etc - small bags of chips, juice, and lots of bottled water! 

Donations can be dropped off during business hours to 1434 Howe Ave, ste 92 or email sarah@windyouth.org for more info!

Looking for other ways to help? Check out our Summer Wish List

Thank You.

Thank you to the Sacramento community for supporting Wind Youth Services in the historic BIG Day of Giving event! In just 24 hours we raised over $7,600 to support our vital community program!

Because of your gift we are able to provide meals every day, showers, a clothing closet, laundry services, hygiene essentials, medical attention, educational support and case management through the Wind Center and emergency shelter and crisis intervention at the Wind House to homeless and at-risk youth in Sacramento.

Thank you for taking a minute to donate. Your gift has a profound impact on the most at-risk youth in our community; the homeless.

Susan Dotson Named Executive Director at WIND

Suzi DotsonSACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 — Susan Dotson starts today as executive director at WIND Youth Services, bringing with her more than 17 years of experience in leading organizations dedicated to helping children and families.

Most recently, Dotson managed the California Department of Social Services’ Child Welfare Policy and Program Development Bureau in Sacramento. Previously, she worked at the Sacramento Children’s Home since 2006, first serving as a family resource center coordinator at its Valley Hi Family Resource Center and Birth & Beyond Program, and then as program manager at its Sacramento Crisis Nursery.

“Suzi brings a vision and energy that is needed at Wind,” said Chris Russell, board chair at WIND Youth Services. “We were really impressed by her plans to work on collaboration with other organizations within the continuum of care for homeless and foster youth.”

WIND Youth Services is the Sacramento region’s only resource for helping homeless youth escape life on the streets, offering multiple programs that include shelter and counseling. For more information and to learn how to donate and support, visit WIND Youth Services online at windyouth.org.

Unemployment, Homelessness, and Debt: the Plight of the Young

HuffingtonPostUK - Adnan Al-Daini

It is not a good time to be young. Our youth are bearing the brunt of the economic depression and its self-defeating solution of austerity and cuts. The future to them looks bleak; unemployment, debt and homelessness in various combinations, or all three beckon. Of course these three scourges (unemployment-debt-homelessness) are linked.

Youth unemployment (16-24 years old) is now 20.7 % in the UK. The average across the EU is 22.4%, with Greece and Spain leading the misery index at 52.8 % and 52.7 % respectively.

A report entitled "Youth unemployment: the crisis we cannot afford" produced by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executive of Voluntary Organisations) puts the human cost thus:

"Unemployment hurts at any age; but for young people, long-term unemployment scars for life. It means lower earnings, more unemployment, [and] more ill health later in life. It means more inequality between rich and poor - because the pain hits the most disadvantaged."

New Report: 1.6 Million Homeless Youth Alone and At Risk on the Streets

HomelessnessLaw.org

A new report released today by the Law Center and the National Network for Youth reveals a disturbing truth: 1.6 million youth experience homelessness without a parent or guardian each year, facing numerous barriers to meeting basic needs.

I’ve gotten used to calling the issues we work on “forgotten” or “unseen” crises.  That can sound a little trite, but I don’t know how else to describe the media’s failure to cover homelessness, or the lack of public outcry in the face of human suffering.  Here, again, I wonder: how can we be ignoring this?

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