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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.
Vera Johnson has been a leader at SBY for nearly 40 years. She is the soul of our agency. Read Vera’s reflections on the history – and enduring importance – of our mission.
We will mark the kick-off of our 40th Anniversary Campaign at a special event hosted by the British Ambassador at his residence in September. Four of our event co-chairs, Dr. Tina Alster, Paul Frazer, Wilma Bernstein and Stuart Bernstein shared…
Imagine a local youth becoming the pro basketball scoring champ and Most Valuable Player. And then imagine that person using his fame and wealth to support homeless and disconnected youth here. No need to imagine – it’s the truth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our POWER Program has tested more than 1,000 people for HIV and more than 220 people for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Of the 127 gang-involved youth involved in SBY’s Southwest Development Initiative, 92% averted re-entering the Justice system.