Wind Youth Services provides supportive services and opportunities to youth experiencing homelessness as they pursue self-determined lives of stability and independence.
Wind Youth Services (Wind) believes that promoting the safety, shelter and self-determination of all youth experiencing homelessness, including those who are unstably or unsafely housed – regardless of their ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, sobriety status, engagement in the sex trades, and legal history – is fundamental, not only to their human rights, but also to the promotion of a more socially just and equitable society.
The quest for social justice underpins all of the work of Wind Youth Services. We recognize that youth experiencing homelessness experience daily oppression, on the institutional and interpersonal level, placing them at greater risk of incarceration, violence, long-term poverty, disenfranchisement, and disempowerment regarding their position and value in society. Parents, loved ones, social services providers, mental health professionals, and medical professionals all care deeply about supporting these young people. However, historical and current treatment and service delivery to youth experiencing homelessness often unintentionally disempowers them, and provides short-term solutions to homelessness without addressing root causes and empowering the youth with whom they work.
Where We Are
Over the last 3 years, we have grown from a floundering organization to a thriving, program-rich, data-driven agency. From 2014 to 2017 we have gone from a staff of 12 to a staff of 33, and have nearly doubled our programs, while developing into a richly diverse, philosophically aligned and passionately committed team of staff members. In 2016, we partnered with Goodwill of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada to further increase our servicess to the community. We position ourselves as innovators within the homeless services community. Each of our programs is designed to embody and maintain our core values, ensure youth retention, and promote social justice. We offer youth developmentally appropriate, youth-driven programs that meet young people where they’re at. As an agency, we are passionate advocates for the young people with whom we work.
We are the only unabashedly pro-youth agency in Sacramento that is striving to affect change daily within our agency and our community. Wind is the only service provider in Sacramento County focusing solely on runaway, homeless and street youth, and transition-age youth. We currently operate the area’s only emergency shelter for runaway, homeless and street youth as well as the area’s only drop-in center for runaway, homeless and street youth and transition age youth. Wind Youth Services has been recognized as the leader for homeless youth services in Sacramento County by both Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento. Sacramento County’s Continuum of Care has recognized Wind Youth Services a vital component of the County’s homeless services. We have shown over the last year that we are adaptable, creative, and fully capable of developing at a rapid pace to best meet the needs of the youth with whom we work. We have commensurate data reflecting the impact of our services and the outcomes each program yields.