SDYS Voices First-person stories and perspectives from San Diego Youth Services’ community members

In their own words

San Diego Youth Services is made up of thousands of staff and service partners, with diverse life experiences, backgrounds, and stories.

Junior Medium


A youth counselor at Camp Mariposa

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Michelle Wolsky

A clinician with our Foster Care services

WomanSilhouette Medium


A foster youth ready for her college journey

Ikemba Medium


A foster youth set to graduate high school and head to college

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Jessica Boynton

A volunteer for San Diego Youth Services for 3.5 years

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Joi Cole

A former homeless youth now staying in our transitional housing

Rica Medium


A youth who stayed at our Youth Emergency Shelter

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Cherie Foraker

A counselor at Mountain Empire High School who works with our suicide prevention and intervention program

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Stephen Carroll

Our Director of Services celebrating 20 years with San Diego Youth Services.

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Haidee Banuet

A foster parent with San Diego Youth Services for 22 years

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Nicole Hansen

A former foster youth now living on her own with our support

Angel Medium


A teen staying at our emergency shelter for homeless youth