Youth Service Bureau
RCAA's Youth Service Bureau (YSB) received a $500 grant from US Bank for "Housing and Financial Counseling" on January 9, 2013. Pictured (from left to right) Amanda Proud, program participant, D. Patt Sweeney, YSB Shelter Manager, and Mandy Marquez, Vice President and Business Relationship Manager at U.S. Bank in Eureka, CA.
YSB’s mission is “To inspire youth and families to recognize their strengths and power to live, learn, socialize and work in their community”
Youth who access YSB services are homeless, fleeing abusive or dangerous situations or experiencing severe family conflict.
YSB provides a variety of services to support youth with addressing the conflict in their lives. YSB services include a 24-hour youth crisis hotline, street outreach and drop-in services, temporary emergency shelter, and long term transitional housing.
The Youth Service Bureau is the only program in Humboldt County, and one of the few in the nation, serving runaway and homeless young people.
The following services and outcomes occured at the Youth Service Bureau in 2012:
The Youth Hotline recieved 423 calls in 2012. 178 calls were requests for shelter, 44 callers received crisis counseling, 90 youth callers reported being homeless, and 24 youth callers reported running away from home.
The Launch Pad served 24 youth in 2012. 42% of youth participating in the Launch Pad continued their enrollment in high school or College of the Redwoods, and 15% of youth graduated from high school while enrolled in the Launch Pad program. Launch Pad Residents completed a total of 375 hours of volunteer work in 2012. Forty six percent of youth obtained or maintained employment and of those youth employed, saved a combined total of $8,529.50.
Our House Shelter served over 90 different youth in 2012. A total of 10,528 hours of services were provided, including 1,650 hours of individual, group and family counseling, 225 hours of academic support, 140 hours of crisis intervention and 335 hours of advocacy/referral assistance. Forty five percent of youth were successfully reunified with their family.
The Raven Project made 7,286 youth contacts in 2012. Staff distributed a total of 19,426 health and hygiene supplies, 4,169 items of food/drinks and 3,956 educational "zines" and brochures.
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