About Safe Place for Youth
In April 2015, we moved into our own building in Venice, giving us the opportunity to expand programs, address youth needs, and partner with local specialty service providers. In Los Angeles there is a real urgency in addressing the issues of homelessness and SPY stays centrally involved in the discussions impacting policy change. The reality is that the numbers of homeless youth have increased to epidemic proportions, which means we must respond to the crisis by continuing to grow our programs and maintaining our leadership role with coalition groups working to end youth homelessness.
To empower young people experiencing homelessness to thrive by providing lasting, community-driven solutions that address racial and social inequity.
Safe Place for Youth prioritizes low barriers for entry, harm-reduction, a trauma-informed approach, and the provision of a safe, supportive environment. We do this through a continuum of care that includes street outreach, access center services, case management, health and wellness, and education and employment programs. Learn more about our programs here.
Safe Place for Youth was founded by community members out of a dire need for supportive services for youth experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing homelessness in West LA. As a community organization first and foremost, our mission is to empower young people experiencing homelessness to thrive by providing lasting, community-driven solutions that address racial and social inequity.
In order to move our mission forward, SPY is guided by these overarching organizational values.
Championing diversity, celebrating individual identities, and creating equal access and opportunity; in recognizing that unique experiences and under-represented perspectives add value; and taking intentional action to include and affirm those who might otherwise be excluded.
Taking initiative to creatively forge a path towards productive change, generating new solutions, and enhancing what currently exists; utilizing the process to facilitate opportunities for learning, adaptation, and growth.
Being the standard bearer of accountability, dependability, respect, operating with honesty and transparency, and embodying personal and professional ethics
Collectively cultivating an environment focused on collaboration and the sharing of ideas; in recognition of the strength of interconnections and partnerships
Demonstrating authentic investment in the interest of others and ensuring that their value is affirmed through actions
Ensuring that resource and resilience are continually bolstered and replenished, such that their longevity is assured.