Celebrating 50 Years

SDYS Runs for Homeless Youth: 50K for 50 Years

The top leaders at San Diego Youth Services ran 50K (31 miles) across San Diego on Nov. 1 to kick off National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. The organization is also celebrating 50 years of helping San Diego’s homeless youth.

Gallery of event videos & photos

Colleagues, Board members and friends joined CEO Walter Philips and Associate Executive Director Steven Jella along the route.

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Youth Services to Run 50K for Homeless Youth


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At least 1,500 youth are homeless here in America’s finest city. That number is also rising and likely to be a vast undercount. The most recent count found youth make up 12 percent of the county’s unsheltered homeless population, higher than veterans at 10 percent and families at 3 percent.

Founded as one of the nation’s first shelters for homeless youth, San Diego Youth Services has helped improve the lives of 750,000 homeless, runaway and abused youth. Today, the shelter remains the only emergency night shelter for homeless youth under 18. We also provide transitional housing for youth ages 16-25 and other services, helping more than 28,000 youth annually.

Together, we can end youth homelessness. 



Event Details


Friday, November 1, 2019

Starting Line:

SDYS Point Loma Campus
3255 Wing Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Finish Line:

SDYS Spring Valley and East Communities Campus (Auditorium)
3845 Spring Drive, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Approx. 3pm

The Course:

The run will pass all SDYS locations across San Diego County.