Resource: Stand Up For Kids – Ending Youth Homelessness

Our mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness.

We do this every day in cities across America, one youth at a time. Our volunteers and staff are here to empower homeless and at-risk youth toward lifelong personal growth, and to create in these youth a sincere belief in themselves through open, straightforward counseling, mentoring, and life-skills training.



Resource: Youth Empowered Society Baltimore, Maryland

YES Drop-In Center
2315 N. Charles St.
1st Floor
Baltimore, MD 21218


Office: (410) 235-7744
Fax: (410) 235-7746

YES Drop-In Center is Baltimore City’s first and only drop-in center for homeless youth. YES Drop-In Center is a safe space for youth who are homeless and between the ages of 14-25, to get basic needs met and establish supportive relationships with peer staff  and allies that them make and sustain connections to long-term resources and opportunities.

Resource: Covenant House New Jersey

330 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-2630 | 973-621-8705

Since 1989, Covenant House New Jersey has been providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and an array of other important services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21. Today there are 30 Covenant House locations in the USA, Canada and Latin America. Together we serve more than 51,000 homeless young people each year.

We are proud to be the nation’s largest privately funded agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Our doors are open 24 hours a day for youth in need.

Resource: Youth Emergency Service Pennsylvania


1526 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Tim Massaquoi
215-787-0633, x1101

Founded in 1976,Youth Emergency Service (YES) offers immediate housing and respite to youth facing housing insecurity or are unable to safely live with family. YES provides a safe, supportive environment, on-site medical care, education support, youth centered activities, links to resources and support to continue in school or get reconnected. Older youth are walking distance from the Achieving Independence Center (AIC). Yearly, YES provides these program aspects to more than 400 adolescent boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17.

Youth can be self referred, enter through the formal child welfare system, Department of Human Services or through referrals from partner organizations throughout the county. Referrals come from family, school staff and other concerned persons.

Resource: Valley Youth House Pennsylvania

610-691-1200 OR 215-442-9760

We began in 1973 as a single shelter in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Valley Youth House was open day and night, ensuring that vulnerable, abused and homeless young people in the community had access to shelter and counseling. Even then, we represented more than just a roof and beds; we were an organization committed to building a solid foundation for every individual who came through our doors.

That same dedication still drives us today, as we have grown from that first house in the Valley to over 100 residential sites throughout Pennsylvania. Though our reach and programming has vastly expanded, our mission remains the same. We educate, empower and strengthen the lives of children, youth and families, and build skills that foster growth and independence.

For over forty years, we have been proud to be there for two generations. We stand ready to be there for the next generation as well. Our doors remain open – we just have more of them now.

Resource: Covenant House Pennsylvania – Helping Homeless Kids in Philadelphia

31 East Armat Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 951-5411

Established in 1999, services began at Covenant House Pennsylvania with a Community Outreach Center where young people were offered a place to eat, and get referrals for more complex needs such as housing and medical care.

We are the largest private child welfare agency in the Delaware Valley, and the largest provider of services to homeless and runaway youth in Philadelphia.

Today we have grown to a diverse agency that provides a full range of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth, including Street Outreach programs, a 51-bed Crisis Center, transitional living programs, and Community Service Center. Serving over 5,000 homeless kids every year, Covenant House Pennsylvania is the largest private child welfare agency in the Delaware Valley.

Resource: Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE)

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is a reliable source for fair, objective, in-depth and empirically supported information provided by professional journalists and engaged, thoughtful community members to help the general public, practitioners, educators, parents, youth, funder, advocates, policy makers and lawmakers better understand issues impacting youth in this country — both singularly and as part of a larger child welfare, mental health and educational ecosystem.

Resource: Juvenile Law Center

Celebrating 40 years of successful advocacy, Juvenile Law Center is the oldest non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Juvenile Law Center uses an array of legal strategies and legislative advocacy to promote fairness, prevent harm, ensure access to appropriate services, and create opportunities for success for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as thought leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center’s impact on the development of law and policy on behalf of children is substantial.