Safe Place for Youth was founded in 2011 by a group of dedicated volunteers and Founder/Executive Director Alison Hurst, offering hot food, clothing and socks to homeless youth in Venice Beach from their cars. Since those humble beginnings, they've been driven to give youth opportunities to transform by multiplying their services, building programming and strengthening partnerships. With incredible support from Board Members, donors, volunteers and partner organizations, SPY has grown from a 100% volunteer-led organization to a professional staff of 55 employees, whose skill set have strengthened their programs.
In April 2015, they moved into their own building in Venice, giving them the opportunity to expand programs, address youth needs and partner with local speciality service providers. In Los Angeles, there is a real urgency in addressing the issues of homelessness and SPY stays centrally involved in the discussions impacting policy change. The reality is that the numbers of homeless youth have increased to epidemic proportions.
Their mission is to inspire, nurture and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time.
Safe Place for Youth prioritizes low barriers for entry, harm-reduction, a trauma-informed approach, and the provision of a safe, supportive environment. They do this through a continuum of care that includes street outreach, drop-in services, case management, health and wellness, and education and employment programs.
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