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.


A youth counselor at Camp Mariposa

Michelle Wolsky

A clinician with our Foster Care services


A foster youth ready for her college journey


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

Jessica Boynton

A volunteer for San Diego Youth Services for 3.5 years

Joi Cole

A former homeless youth now staying in our transitional housing


A youth who stayed at our Youth Emergency Shelter

Cherie Foraker

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

Stephen Carroll

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

Haidee Banuet

A foster parent with San Diego Youth Services for 22 years

Nicole Hansen

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


A teen staying at our emergency shelter for homeless youth