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Youth Futures delivers emergency overnight and temporary residential beds in our low-barrier shelter facilities (16 beds in both Ogden and St. George), intensive case management, drop-in, street outreach and ongoing supportive services for approximately 600 runaway and homeless youth ages 12-18 in Utah. Our programming creates a world where these youth can access a safe and affirming place to call home while realigning their lives in a positive direction.

Why Helping Homeless Youth Matters

Due to several factors, an estimated 5,000 youth in Utah experience homelessness for at least one night a year. Nationwide, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are at a higher probability of mental health problems, physical abuse, substance abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking, suicide attempts and death. As a result of their homelessness, unaccompanied youth face devastating harms and barriers in life, all of which hinder their ability to re-assimilate into society, depress their motivation, and inhibit their becoming independent, successful and contributing members of their families and communities. Causes for homelessness among the RHY population tend to fall into three inter-related categories: family discord, financial crisis or residential instability. Risk factors for youth homelessness include an unstable family life, such as a parent who misuses substances, physical or sexual abuse, experiencing discrimination or being homeless for the first time as a child. Living in high poverty areas, coupled with a lack of affordable housing options also contributes to family and youth homelessness.

Most of youth we serve are not "troubled kids" but the victims of unfortunate and/or perilous circumstances. Youth Futures, currently the only organization licensed by the State of Utah as a residential support temporary youth shelter, delivers 16 emergency overnight and temporary residential beds in low-barrier shelter facilities located in Ogden and St. George, Utah. Our intervention programs connect RHY with case management, food, housing and resources while guiding them in a loving, supportive and productive way to build the skills needed to support a successful transition into adulthood. Drop-in programming helps give youth a safe haven from life on the streets, as well as providing essentially resources such as hot meals, take-home food bags and weather-appropriate clothing. During weekly street outreach efforts to build trust and rapport, we provide basic necessities and encourage RHY to access drop-in services and the shelter facility. RHY are not charged for any services.

 

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As a result of their homelessness, unaccompanied youth face devastating harms and barriers in life, all of which hinder their ability to re-assimilate into society, depress their motivation, and inhibit their becoming independent, successful and contributing members of their families and communities. Join us in changing the course of a youth's life by setting up a personal fundraising page to share your story and why you support the mission of Youth Futures. All donations will help to provide safe shelter, collaborative resources, respectful guidance and diverse support to approximately 600 homeless, unaccompanied, runaway, throwaway and at-risk youth in Northern and Southern Utah.

 

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2760 Adams Avenue, Ogden, UT, USA

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