Youth Futures provides Utah teens with shelter

Saturday , December 05, 2015 - 7:00 AM

This is the fifth in a 25-part series, 25 Days of Giving, that features one-minute videos on Northern Utah non-profit agencies during the month of December.  

What is the name of your non-profit? Youth Futures Shelter Home

It has been estimated that there are approximately 5,000 youth in Utah, who experience homelessness for at least one night a year. It is critically important to reach these youth because they may have experienced abuse, neglect or family rejection. A disproportionately high number of these youth identify as LGBT.

These youth are at higher risk for suicide, trafficking, substance use and mental and physical health related issues. Youth Futures Shelter Home was established to meet the needs of these youth. Our mission is to provide safe shelter, collaborative resources, respectful guidance and diverse support to homeless, unaccompanied, runaway and at-risk youth in Northern Utah.

Where are you located? 2760 Adams Ave., in Ogden

What do you do? 

Our homeless youth shelter provides resources to all youth ages 12-17, regardless of circumstance. We provide 14 temporary overnight shelter beds and day-time drop-in services which include 3 meals a day, showers, laundry, computer and wifi access. Youth may also access our resource room which is stocked with all the basic necessities they may need. Our facility also provides therapy, intensive case management and street outreach. Our goal is to help these youth become re-united with family or self-sufficiently contributing to the community.

You should volunteer for this program if you have a passion for helping vulnerable youth. Our program works closely with the community of Ogden. Volunteers help connect youth to diverse resources in the community. Volunteers provide classes groups and activities to help youth gain valuable life skills. Youth Futures works closely with Weber State University, where students are able to provide internships, work study jobs, community engaged learning and projects such as donation drives that provide our facilities with needed supplies to supplement our budget.


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How can people help? 

Youth Futures’ biggest needs this season are monetary donations. Staffing our shelter with 24/7 support for youth requires substantial funding. Additionally, we always have a Wishlist on our website and we are collecting needed items for the upcoming winter season. Specifically, we are in need of new underwear, bras, undershirts and blankets and consumable items such as garbage sacks and paper products for the shelter. Youth Futures is also registered with the Amazon Smile and Smiths community reward programs. You can Visit our website at youthfuturesutah.org for more information about signing up for our newsletter or to find contact information.

How can people contact you? info@yfut.org or 801-528-1214

Do you have a website? youthfuturesutah.org

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