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Peace For The Streets By Kids From The Streets
Last updated on October 14, 2014

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Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) supports homeless and at-risk youth and young adults to empower themselves and lead positive and self-sufficient lives.

Description:
From the beginning, the focus of PSKS has been to serve the self-identified needs of our clients. One critical need is em-powerment--having a voice, being heard and making a difference. One of the hallmarks of our long term success is our unique participatory governance structure. A CORE membership of homeless youth learn to work together to become self-advocates and provide guidance and support for our programs. This CORE consists of individuals who have demonstrated their passion and commitment to work with staff to grow a thriving and supportive community, or extended "family," at PSKS. CORE members are decision makers involved in program design, fundraising, outreach and advocacy. They select two representatives to serve on the Board of Directors where they provide organizational and community leadership with full voting rights.

Healthy and positive relationships with adult role models; social networks of peers who have successfully transitioned off the streets; and access to education, counseling and referral services are essential elements of our work. Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) welcomes and accepts each individual just as they are. Our community is a safe environment to understand, respect and value differences. We affirm the capacity of each person to realize their full potential. PSKS presents opportunities for homeless and at-risk youth and young adults to enhance the quality of their lives and strengthen their connection to the community. As they come to trust in their own capacity, and become immersed in a caring community, their self esteem and independence grows.
With collaborative assistance from the CORE team, an active working Board of Directors and generous volunteers and supporters, PSKS staff have developed a continuum of programs to support the youth and young adults we serve to move from the streets into housing, employment and beyond:

• Street Kids Intervention Program (SKIP) – Weekly one staff, LEAP intern and CORE volunteer bring sack lunches to familiar street venues for homeless youth in order to make personal connections, establish trust and pro-vide assistance and referrals to appropriate services. Our goal for this year is to reach and engage 80 street youth not previously affiliated with PSKS.

• Homeless Youth for Peace and Empowerment (HYPE) – This program provides a safe and supportive indoor space that welcomes and engages anyone willing to fully participate. First provided with a hot lunch, youth then participate in workshops and community meetings while becoming familiar with PSKS staff and services. Participants are eligible to receive hygiene supplies, mail service and access to the internet. We anticipate serving more than 200 unduplicated participants in this program.

• Capitol Hill Case Management (CHCM) –Targeting youth and young adults not currently served by other agencies, CHCM advocates for clients needing housing, employment, education, legal and medical services. Information and referrals are provided, along with support as needed, to access relevant community re-sources. We also provide one-on-one emotional support for the many youth who might not find it anywhere else. CHCM partners with Lambert House for on-site case management once a week. Our goal this year is to provide case management for 30 unduplicated clients with at least 8 transitioning to housing and at least 12 meeting two self-identified goals.

• Reinventing Steps to Knowledge (RISK) – RISK is an educational program that facilitates the completion of General Educational Development (GED), on-line diploma studies and preparation for employment and/or college readiness. PSKS developed RISK to meet the individual needs of young people who have not been successful in the traditional school system setting. Our goal for 2011-12 is to serve 30 students with at least 10 earning their GED or diploma and for an additional 10 to meet goals for progression.

• Lasting Employment Development Program (LEAP) – A three month paid internship program that teaches employment skills, work ethic and responsibility that translates to experience for their resume. Participants conduct peer street outreach, work in the HYPE day program and represent PSKS in the community. There will be 4 LEAP interns working in support of PSKS programs and activities this year.

• Step Beyond – Step Beyond is a peer-driven program geared towards individuals who have successfully tran-sitioned into housing. The purpose of Step Beyond is to build relationships and community with peers in similar situations to support one another to keep off the streets. Step Beyond provides fun, sober activities and workshops to provide participants with the tools and resources to be successful in their new life. This program will provide support to at least 15 participants.

• CORE Membership – Active CORE Members are representatives of the organization, follow the By-Laws, are concerned with issues of youth homelessness and have demonstrated initiative and commitment of time and effort to achieve the mission and goals of PSKS. Members may bring concerns and ideas forward to the CORE Membership monthly meetings for discussion and action. CORE Members work together to organize an an-nual fundraising event and lead other community-building activities. There will be 12 active CORE Members this fiscal year.

History:
Since its inception in 1995, PSKS has provided refuge, guidance and support for hundreds of homeless and street involved youth and young adults (16-25) to transition into stable housing. For 16 years we have been located on Capitol Hill, filling a void in services for this neighborhood, while serving the needs of people throughout the greater Seattle region. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 2000, PSKS has become a vital link for these youth to gain the education and support they need to achieve their goals and become advocates for themselves and others.

Contact people:

 Bryan Baker, Development Director, (phone), (email)
Susan Fox, Interim Executive Director, (phone), (email)
Volunteers Manager, Volunteer Manager, (email)


Main office number: (206) 726-8500
Office fax number: (206) 726-9423

Address:

 1609 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.psks.org

Directions:

 Across the street from Mt. Zion church which is located on the corner of 19th and Madison. Going east on Madison from downtown Seattle take a right at 19th and our new location is on the end of that block. . . (more)
  Nearest Bus Stop: 17th and East Madison, 5 minute walk

Miscellaneous Information

Liability
Yes
Does your organization welcome court-ordered community service volunteers?
Yes
Does your organization have volunteer positions for youth 12-18?
Yes
Last updated on October 14, 2014

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