Auburn Youth Resources Programs
AYR operates 3 major community-based programs providing counseling services, adolescent substance abuse services & housing & support services programs for homeless children, youth & families.
Our outpatient counseling programs offers a variety of mental health prevention & intervention services for children, youth & families that experience emotional & behavioral problems. Our services include individual, group & family counseling utilizing recognized evidenced based proven practice models and are offered in our agency, schools, and client’s homes. Many of these services are offered for bilingual Spanish speaking families.
More specialized services include: Parent Child Interaction Training; Birth to Five Services; Art & Play Therapy; Anger Management & Social Skills Groups; Stay in School Program and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Co-Occurring Services & Psychiatric Medication Management.
AYR operates diverse programs dedicated to providing housing & supportive services for homeless children, youth & families. The South King County Youth Shelter (SKYS) is a nine-bed interim care facility serving children 10-17 years old. The Severson Program is a seven-unit, transitional, scattered site housing program designed to help homeless young adults’ ages 18-24. make the transition from homelessness to permanent housing. AYR also works in collaborates in the Coming Up Program. Another scattered site housing program for homeless young adults (18-24). In addition, we provide mobile outreach services to serve the homeless on the streets of South King County.
AYR is also a state certified drug treatment facility and offers services that range from prevention, intervention and treatment. AYR is the largest provider of publically funded youth treatment in King County.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
A 17-year old girl named Andrea came to stay at the South King County Youth Shelter (SKYS). At the time, Andrea’s mother was addicted to drugs & her father was in prison. Her mother had introduced her into prostitution at a young age to pay for her own drug addiction. Andrea had also fallen into addictions because of the environment she lived. Andrea stated that she had finally had enough & decided she wanted to get away from the life style, so she ran from her mother’s home.
Andrea was picked up off the streets & brought to SKYS as an emergency placement. She was exceptionally successful during her first month – happy to be off the streets & have a safe place to live. She remained on the highest level at SKYS & quickly became a role model for other residents. The state soon put her into foster care & she was discharged from SKYS.
On Thanksgiving Day, after only a month in her new placement, Andrea came back to SKYS. She was sexually assaulted while in her foster home. Andrea felt that life was never going to get better for her. She blamed herself for what had happened. She was discouraged & would go in cycles of trying to stay sober to totally giving up & drinking until she ended up in the hospital.
AYR introduced her to a female mentor, an adult she could relate to. After working very closely with her for months, things started to change in her life once again. In her renewed hope, Andrea began to believe in herself & her ability to overcome. Andrea agreed to inpatient treatment. She stayed in treatment for approximately two months while still utilizing services with AYR. She has now started a new job & is attending Green River Community College. Most successfully, Andrea has been clean and sober since April, 2010
AYR is in dire need of funding support for our SKYS Program.