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

Youth Action Board Creates Award-Winning Video

March 26, 2024 | Comments Off on Youth Action Board Creates Award-Winning Video
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We are happy to share that as part of our Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign, our Youth Action Board members entered a monthly contest with Directing Change Program. Under February’s prompt, You Are Never a Bother,  they submitted a video about how…

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Learn About Mental Health, Stigma and Therapy

March 11, 2024 | Comments Off on Learn About Mental Health, Stigma and Therapy
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Taking care of your mental health is important! Learn about mental health, stigma and therapy. By Alexander Satberry, Marketing & Development Staff Member What is “Mental Health”? Mental health is a state of mental well-being which includes our emotional, psychological,…

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SDYS Receives $100,000 Prebys Foundation Grant

March 6, 2024 | Comments Off on SDYS Receives $100,000 Prebys Foundation Grant
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April 16 @ 1:03 pm

  We are so excited to share that we were recently selected as one of the The Conrad Prebys Foundation‘s latest grant recipients. “Our communities are better thanks to the work of San Diego Youth Services,” said Grant Oliphant, CEO…

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