Promoting Safe Homes

Homelessness is steadily increasing in the capital. Here are some of our Safe Homes programs:

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Tomorrow’s Leaders

We believe that youth who have the opportunity and guidance to help them change their lives can become tomorrow's leaders.

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Building Opportunities

Youth development programs and mentoring are proven practices that help young people stay healthy and focused on their future.

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Healthy lives

Young people who are educated about their health are less likely to engage in dangerous and unhealthy behavior.

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Stable Families

A safe family environment is critical to our holistic approach to providing services to DC youth.

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Our 40th Anniversary

Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) improves the lives of homeless, runaway, abused and neglected youth and their families in the Washington DC area. 2014 marks our Ruby Anniversary. Stay tuned for a lineup of events to celebrate 40 years of connecting youth to opportunities...and to raise funds for our next 40 years! Click on the video to the right for the story of Charmia Carolina - in her own words.

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  • Youth-Led award for Ban the Box campaign


    This evening, SBY’s Youth-Led Program will be honored by the DC Jobs with Justice Coalition at the 12th annual “I’ll Be There” awards for their ongoing advocacy work to improve the lives of young people in the District of…

  • New report:  DC homelessness up 13% in one year


    Carol Morello’s article in today’s Washington Post “Number of homeless in D.C. region rises as rents increase,” is a must-read.

  • Tyree brings down the house


    Tyree lives at our Independent Living Program, and was the keynote speaker at our recent fundraising concert at the Carnegie Institute.

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Our Results

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  • Shelter from the cold

    The Sasha Bruce House, the only youth-specific shelter in the nation’s capital, provides emergency respite and family reunification for over 200 homeless youth each year.

  • Marcus’ story

    SBY’s YouthBuild Program serves young people who have dropped out of high school. 87% of graduates last year secured and retained living wage jobs or were admitted to post-secondary schools.

  • DeShay calls for affordable housing

    75% of the youth entering SBY’s Transitional Living Program during the past 5 years had dropped out of school. 77% of those had a diploma, GED or were enrolled in college at exit.

  • Diana’s Story

    80% of the Family Preservation Program’s parents agreed that the program helped their children improve family relationships and 82% of those children had no further involvement with the welfare agency in 2011.

  • Jennifer’s Journey

    Our POWER Program has tested more than 1,000 people for HIV and more than 220 people for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

  • Lamont’s Dream

    Of the 127 gang-involved youth involved in SBY’s Southwest Development Initiative, 92% averted re-entering the Justice system.

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