This spring, we facilitated a very successful donation drive as a part of our Service & Philanthropy program. With the help of our members and supporters, we exceeded our goal and collected over 500 hygiene products for homeless queer youth in Baltimore, MD. Members from Region 1 and volunteers from the Council of Concerned Youth created 80 care packages at St. Johns Baltimore before delivering them to the Youth Empowered Society.
YES Drop-In Center is a safe space for youth who are homeless and between the ages of 14-25, to get basic needs met and establish supportive relationships with peer staff and allies that them make and sustain connections to long-term resources and opportunities. Founded and run by formerly homeless youth and their allies, YES works to end youth homelessness in Baltimore by (1) providing urgently-needed direct services to youth experiencing homelessness, (2) developing the leadership and employment readiness of youth who have experienced homelessness, and (3) engaging in system-level reform.