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Why Give?


  1. We offer much-needed services.

    Friends of Youth is unique among social agencies in Western Washington. We provide a continuum of youth services through 26 different program sites, including treatment for those kids who are already experiencing problems and prevention services to keep problems from developing in other youth. Our distinctive therapeutic approach includes treatment, counseling, education, and skill-building; we open our arms to youths who have had difficulties in foster care; and we operate the only overnight shelters for youth on the Eastside.

  2. We’ve been serving the Eastside for more than 66 years.

    Few organizations on the Eastside know the community as well as Friends of Youth. For decades, we have been a beacon of hope for local young people in challenging circumstances—and your support will ensure the wellbeing of future generations.

  3. We achieve positive results.

    An astounding 100% of youth leaving the Friends of Youth foster care program at age 18 are currently either working or in school. And up to 85% of residents in our transitional housing program move on to stable housing.

  4. We’ve got a seal of approval.

    Friends of Youth is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, the most respected U.S. accreditation agency for services for families and children. It ensures that the agency holds itself to the highest standards for professional and administrative performance.