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Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets 

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PSKS was founded in 1995 homeless youth who wanted their voices to be heard by policy makers unaware of the impact of their decisions. With this bottom up approach, PSKS found its niche—empowering youth who are too often excluded from mainstream services.

At the heart of PSKS is CORE Membership — a governing body giving voice and power for youth to influence organizational programs and policies.

Youth at PSKS develop a sense of ownership and pride in being engaged to end personal and community homelessness. This approach has earned PSKS credibility as an effective ally among those we serve.

Mission Statement
PSKS supports homeless and at-risk youth and young adults to become empowered to lead positive and self-sufficient lives.
  • Connect with a welcoming and caring community 
  • Ensure basic survival needs are met
  • Provide access to education, employment, and housing stability
  • Amplify youth voices to influence decision makers 
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Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
1690 19th Ave 
Seattle 
WA
98122 
(206) 726-8500 

Susan Fox 
Executive Director 

Programs

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets Programs

Over the years, CORE Membership has developed a continuum of services that wholly support an individual to achieve their goals.

  • ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT for access to housing programs, chemical dependency treatment, wellness and more
  • EDUCATION ACCESS to earn the GED and prepare for continuing education or vocational training
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES through paid internships, skill development and employment assistance
  • SUSTAINABLE HOUSING peer support group for youth to successfully thrive in their new homes
  • ADVOCACY to ensure policy makers are inclusive in making decisions and allocating resources
The Homeless Youth for Peace and Empowerment (HYPE) Community Center is the first point of contact for youth with nowhere else to turn. In HYPE, participants feel accepted, welcome and SAFE. It is a place where they can connect with a community of caring peers and adults—and be respected for who they are. HYPE meets basic needs of youth to help them survive while they work to overcome the limitations of homelessness.

Re-Inventing Steps to Education (RISE) Center provides the safety net for students who have been turned away from other educational opportunities. RISE provides encouragement and support to youth at a time in their lives when a positive experience with education will dramatically boost their confidence and earning ability. RISE empowers youth to live a life poised with a greater chance of success.

The Lasting Employment Advancement Program (LEAP) provides a supportive environment for homeless youth to enter the workforce. LEAP offers clearly defined paid internship roles within PSKS. Interns participate in a series of skill workshops and implement an employment action plan with a goal of exiting to unsubsidized employment.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

SUCCESS: Motivated by the cold snap in December 2013, PSKS CORE Membership, participants, staff, and board members collaborated to develop a response plan for extreme winter weather conditions. There is an extreme shortage of youth and young adult shelter city-wide and none exists on Capitol Hill. The pilot project was created as a first step towards filling a gap in services.

Thanks to their hard work PSKS was prepared to open our center to provide respite from recent extreme cold for some of our unsheltered participants. For three nights in mid-February 2014, PSKS provided warm, safe shelter for 15 participants to come in from the cold and snow. PSKS participant interns and CORE Members volunteered to work with staff as peer support for our overnight guests. 

Participants played pool, did arts and crafts, watched movies, prepared food—and even slept! Amidst moans, groans and music, everyone roused to make breakfast and clean the center. This pilot project went as planned and participants continue to work with the Board of Directors to fill a long term need for temporary shelter in our neighborhood.

NEED: Re-Inventing Steps to Education (RISE) Center is losing a significant source of multi-year funds as of July 1, 2014. RISE students have all have endured negative school experiences and have not had their academic and social needs appropriately met by traditional systems.

What many of us take for granted can seem an insurmountable task for these young people: to receive an education and become self-sufficient, contributing members of our community. RISE provides comprehensive support by eliminating barriers, encouraging social engagement, building community, and practicing life skills. Please help PSKS continue to provide this essential service.

Evaluation


Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) has been providing supportive services to Seattle’s homeless youth and young adults for over fifteen years in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Accessibility and Cultural Competence
PSKS serves a diverse group of young people. They are seeing a larger number of LGBTQ homeless and at-risk youth and young adults come to them for services. The agency has services and programming specifically tailored to the LGBTQ population. In 2010 nearly half of their participants self-identified as members of the LGBTQ community - 78 youth were served. About one-third of the staff and board members are LGBTQ.

Relevant Programming
PSKS shifted from a high school diploma program to a college/pre-employment program in fall 2011. They believe the new program allows better coordination and wrap-around services for the young people they serve. It integrates a GED program with career planning and serves as a bridge to a post-secondary program. Other organizations, such as Seattle Education Access, TreeHouse, YMCA-ILP, and Seattle University will provide additional resources for GED and Compass tests, mentors/tutors, and workshops on job readiness.

PSKS works with housing providers such as the Landlord Liaison Project and Section 8 Housing to find housing for their clients as well as provides referrals to shelter services.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
10/1/2008 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/26/2008 $5,000.00support the membership program and outreach and advocacy for homeless youth in the community.
6/21/2006 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.

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