Give 8/28 to Southeast Youth & Family Services
Founded in 1974 by leaders of the local Black community, Southeast Youth and Family Services provides comprehensive early learning and mental health services that are based on the needs and strengths of children, youth and families. We are a licensed mental health center and provide skilled, evidence-based, best-practice mental health treatment and prevention services.
Through extensive outreach, we go to schools, homes, community centers, hospitals, juvenile detention, and other locations to engage with youth and families and make our services accessible to those in greatest need. Our staff are advocates who are dedicated to helping youth and families overcome oppression and institutionalized racism, discrimination, inequality, and other traumas.
The majority of our clients are people of color, most of them low-income, living in Southeast Seattle, one of the few areas of the city where non-white people were able to rent or buy property during the era of real estate red-lining. Today, gentrification and rising housing costs are displacing many youth and families in this historically diverse community. As a growing number of our clients move farther away, we are expanding our outreach and services to continue supporting those in greatest need.