Community Education and Awareness
At HYS, we are committed to bringing the community education about the causes of homelessness among youth, as well as giving insight into the best ways to help and be a part of the change.
HYS presents at community events, such as civic groups, area churches, rotary clubs, small groups, schools, job and volunteer fairs, and other non-profit social service agencies. We get the privilege of participating in education related to homelessness, sex trafficking, area gang activity, and suicide prevention. It is our belief that education is one of the most important ways to partner with the community.
Did you know that you can request an HYS representative to speak to your group or organization? All you have to do is click on the link below!
HYS also offers training of area youth workers, both faith-based and otherwise. We continually offer on-site experience and training for students from the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, Northwest Christian University, and New Hope Christian College. Contact us to learn more!
One of the best ways to educate yourself is to come, see and do. If you and your group would like to come down and work along side our staff, contact us to be a part of a Saturday deep clean project. Whether you are a teacher seeking to educate your students, small group leader, pastor, an organization or business looking to educate your staff, we always welcome service projects!
On Site Education
HYS’s education style with our youth is informal but informative. We counsel more than educate. Our work helps to provide referral services for our youth and encourage them to get involved with high school or GED completion programs or college level studies. We support our youth in improving their lives, including finishing school and furthering their education.
Consider this Quote: “The greatest economic and social costs in not addressing the homeless youth population is long term. Once youth begin to see homelessness as a way of life, they virtually drop out of society. The hope of getting an education is lost. The potential increases for incarceration, emergency hospital and long-term care, and welfare assistance. If you look at the potential impact on society in economic and moral terms by doing nothing, intervention approaches are clearly an investment worth the cost.” ~ Street youth task force in King County, Washington 2002
Most Urgent Needs
- YOU: Volunteers
- Monthly Support (Donations)
- Winter Garments (esp. coats)
- Clean, New Undergarments
- Backpacks & Jeans
- Camping Equipment
- Paper and Cleaning Supplies