Building Futures for over 50 Years San Diego Youth Services has improved the lives of 797,000 homeless, runaway and other vulnerable youth.

What we do

We provide intensive services to more than 17,000 youth every year.

San Diego Youth Services offers a continuum of care for children and youth from infancy to age 25. We aim to:

Meet the basic needs of youth

Hunger, poverty and youth homelessness are on the rise for many youth and their families today. We help meet these basic needs for youth. What could be more vital than food and shelter? We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing.

Create positive connections

We help youth focus on positive life changes and healthy relationships as part of providing needed resources and services. San Diego Youth Services has long provided foster homes and adoption support services for families considering adopting a youth in the foster care system.

Help youth develop life skills

In addition to a range of safe and stable housing options, we offer support to help youth develop the independent living skills necessary to become self-sufficient and keep off the streets.

Promote overall health and well-being

Early intervention and care for the whole child are critical. We provide a broad continuum of services to help youth overcome trauma and challenges that put them at risk, including case management, counseling, mental health treatment and educational support and resources.

Our Mission

To empower youth to reach their highest potential.

We provide safe places to live and long-term solutions through shelter, foster homes, community centers and housing. Through prevention, early intervention and treatment, we also help youth before they need higher levels of care or become homeless.

Success Stories

Hear from the youth we have supported

Latest SDYS News

Birth of Brilliance Cultural Fair Celebrates Diversity

March 27, 2024 | Comments Off on Birth of Brilliance Cultural Fair Celebrates Diversity
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We loved seeing everyone at the recent Birth of Brilliance Cultural Fair. The Cultural Fair took place the day after the Birth of Brilliance conference and we celebrated different cultures in our local San Diego community through performances, art, music…

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Partnering for Suicide Prevention Campaign

March 26, 2024 | Comments Off on Partnering for Suicide Prevention Campaign
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April 16 @ 1:15 pm

San Diego Youth Services Partners to Create Youth-led Suicide Prevention Campaign We have partnered with the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Suicide Prevention on a suicide prevention campaign! The campaign partnership theme of “Never a Bother,” aims to…

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Women’s History Month Breakfast

March 26, 2024 | Comments Off on Women’s History Month Breakfast
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April 16 @ 1:15 pm

With women comprising over 70 percent of our workforce, we took some time out at San Diego Youth Services to honor our women during this Women’s History Month! Our women’s breakfast gave us time to come together for fellowship, fun…

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