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Spotlight on Homeless Youth at Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ Annual Luncheon
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Spotlight on Homeless Youth at Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ Annual Luncheon

Local agency transcends the generational impact violence and trauma have on youth

Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services, the primary-provider of free, confidential shelter and services for homeless and runaway youth and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in San Joaquin County, is proud to announce Shahera Hyatt, MSW to serve as the Keynote Speaker for the agency’s 38th Annual Luncheon. Hyatt is the Director of the California Homeless Youth Project (HYP), an initiative of the California Research Bureau focused on educating policymakers on the needs of homeless youth in California. The Luncheon, which serves as Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services annual fundraiser, will be held on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, at the Stockton Civic Auditorium.

While past luncheons have focused directly on sexual assault and domestic violence, this year’s Annual Luncheon will spotlight Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ youth shelters and services by:  

  1. Raising awareness of homeless youth;
  2. Discussing the generational impact of violence and trauma; and
  3. Ensuring the community is aware of the supportive and comprehensive services offered, free-of-charge, by Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services.

The HYP highlights issues and solutions for youth ages twelve to twenty-four who are living “on the edge” of homelessness or are currently homeless in California. For the past eight years, Hyatt has been the director of HYP and authored several publications on the topic of homeless youth including policy briefs for the nation’s first state action plan on ending youth homelessness, in addition to LGBT and sexually exploited youth. During the day Hyatt works to uplift the voices of marginalized youth, and at night she tells jokes at dive bars and comedy clubs all over Northern California.

The cycle of violence is real and it’s prevalent here in San Joaquin County. Since 2012, when Women’s Center of San Joaquin merged with Family and Youth Services to become today’s Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services, the agency has seen the generational impact violence and trauma has on youth. The converging of these two longtime community agencies brought attention to the patterns of our community’s youngest victims; kids who, with a parent, sought refuge in the domestic violence shelter later began seeking services as homeless youth.

Annually, hundreds of youth obtain services from Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services. These services include: seeking refuge at the county’s only youth emergency shelter (youth 12-17 years of age); gaining independence through the county’s primary transitional living program (youth 16-21 years of age); utilizing amenities such as showers, laundry, and hot meals in the drop-in center (youth 12-21 years of age); participating in Promising Pathways, a mentorship program to support transitional aged youth; and receiving clinical therapy to promote healing of mental health, trauma, and other conditions. 

Join us to learn more about our youth services, how violence and trauma have lasting impact on generations, and how we, as a community, can end the cycle of violence and trauma. Interviews with Hyatt, clients and agency leaders, along with sponsorship and ticket opportunities, are available by emailing Krista Fiser, Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services’ Development Director, at kfiser@wcyfs.org or by calling (209) 941-2611.

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