What we do
We provide intensive services to more than 28,000 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.
Celebrating 50 Years
50 years ago we opened as The Bridge, the first emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth in San Diego and one of only three in the nation.
Since then we have made huge progress in our mission to empower San Diego's youth.
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.
Hear from the youth we have supported
Latest SDYS News
San Diego Youth Services CEO Walter Philips and Associate Executive Director Steven Jella ran 50K (31 miles) on Nov. 30 to raise awareness of homeless youth during National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. The run passed 12 of SDYS locations across…Read More
Thank you for your generosity! Thank you for your incredible generosity and for joining us in our fight to end youth homelessness in San Diego and the Philippines! Because of your generous support, we raised more than $25,000. These funds…Read More