Homeless youth and young adults in Olympia, WA

Homeless youth and young adults in Olympia, WA

United States
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
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 Provide no fee, low barrier/no barrier therapy services to homeless, street dependent, at-risk youth and young adults, ages 12-30, who have experienced sexual assault and abuse, domestic violence, and hate crimes.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In addition to the extreme poverty this population experiences, many of the youth are living with disabilities, are youth of color, and/or identify as LGBTQI. In addressing the root causes of violence in the lives of our population, we acknowledge our belief that such violence leads to homelessness or places people at risk of becoming homeless.
About You
Organization:
Partners in Prevention Education
Section 1: About You
First Name

Carol

Last Name

Lentz

Website URL
Country
Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Partners in Prevention Education

Organization Phone

360-357-4472

Organization Address

P.O. Box 451, Olympia, Washington 98507

Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

Partners in Prevention Education started as a demonstration project using the Community Development Model and Positive Youth Development Model. Our commitment to all of us "being on the street" allows for our therapists to gain a more holistic picture of the youths' experiences. We are dedicated to establising services that are culturally relevant and easily accessible to this population, with input constantly solicited from our stakeholders. We advocate for a shift, as described by William Lofquist, from a Service Culture to an Opportunity Culture. In this shift young people are seen as resources of and agents of change rather than merely consumers of services. Our youth help us identify the underlying conditions of sexual violence, gaps in services, program design and violence prevention engagement opportunities.

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Impact
What impact have you had?

Since our inception the development of our services has been based upon the input of stakeholders gathered during outreach, focus groups, support services and planning meetings. We believe in no barrier/low barrier access to services. We meet with youth and young adults where they are comfortable. We provide all our services with no fee.

Actions

Weekly Violence Prevention meetings, bi-weekly outreach at a drop-in center, street outreach, therapy and advocacy services for at-risk and homeless youth and young adults, ages 12-30. Our youth and young adults were also part of a project whose result is the movie, "Downtowners." YaYa Media in Olympia also has video links to homeless issues to include, "My Life's Notice."

Results

Our weekly Violence Prevention meetings have 10-15 youth in attendance each week. We are currently serving 4-6 youth with our mental health services. Our young women's support group recommences the beginning of October. We hope to be supporting our Queer community with continuing art groups, focusing on processing the impact of hate crimes.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Continued funding from state, local, federal resources. We have two full-time staff and hope to add two part-time peer advocates. We have a robust budget, do to our focus on marginalized communities who age out of services or have barriers that prevent access to more traditional, mainstream youth services.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Heavy budget cuts. Lack of youth involvement and participation.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Partners in Prevention Education

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Local businesses support PiPE by providing space for our Board meetings, our weekly Violence Prevention meetings, our support group meeting. Businesses and private individuals provide meals for our weekly meetings.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Continued youth participation. Robust Board who understands the Community Development and Positive Youth Development models. Strong partnerships with other non-profit organinations, schools, local tribes.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Partners in Prevention Education began in February 2004 as a demonstration project through the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. PiPE engages homeless and at-risk youth and young adults and community allies in defining underlying conditions of sexual violence, gaps in services, program design and violence prevention opportunities.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Through a community planning process, the original founders of PiPE were able to identify gaps in services, particularly as it applied to homeless and at-risk youth and young adults. These young people had either aged out of traditional services or reported that there were "strings" attached and needed people they could trust and also who could provide resources.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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