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For immediate release: November 16, 2017
Contact: Mara Morrison
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San Diego Youth Services CEO to Run 50K for Homeless Youth


Walter Philips, CEO at San Diego Youth Services, will run 50K to raise $50K and awareness as part of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. The event is called Walter Hits the Streets for Homeless Youth.


Monday, Nov. 20, starting at 9 am and ending approx. 4 pm


Starting Line:
SDYS Point Loma Campus
3255 Wing Street, San Diego, CA 92110
9 am

See the full course and details for brief stops at four SDYS locations, Follow the run on the day at

Finish Line:
SDYS Spring Valley and East Communities Campus (Auditorium)
3845 Spring Drive, San Diego, CA 91977
Approx. 4 pm


Walter Philips, CEO at San Diego Youth Services. Associate Executive Director Steven Jella has accepted a challenge and will join Walter on the run. Walter has participated in endurance events for many years to raise vital funds for at-risk youth in San Diego. Community members can donate to support the run at


November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. More than 1,100 youth are homeless here in America’s finest city. That number is also rising and likely to be a vast undercount. The number of homeless teens and young adults in our county increased 39 percent between 2016 and 2017. Walter aims to raise $50K and awareness of these vital issues.

“One youth on the street is one too many,” San Diego Youth Services CEO Walter Philips said. “We have to make solving this crisis a priority and dedicate the resources necessary to put an end to youth homelessness.”

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About San Diego Youth Services
San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) helps at-risk youth and their families become self-sufficient and reach their highest potential. The non-profit organization has helped to improve the lives of more than 797,000 homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth and their families. Founded in 1970, SDYS now provides services to more than 17,000 children and their families each year.