On September 9th, 1995 GED Instructor at the Orion Center Summer School School and PSKS Co-founder Elaine Simons and her students, a group of homeless and at-risk youth and young adults, came together to directly advocate against the Becca Bill, an anti-truancy bill that criminalized children and strengthened the school to prison pipeline. 20 years later PSKS has served thousands of homeless youth and young adults who became homeless through no fault of their own, running from abusive households, relationships, and situations.
From that first day in 1995 PSKS has believed that the youth themselves know their biggest needs to ending homelessness and many of the programs PSKS has introduced over the past 20 years were created by PSKS participants. Case management, GED tutoring, paid internships, shelter, food, clothing and basic survival supplies are just some of the services PSKS provides today.
But we also know that PSKS could not be where it is today without you, our dedicated volunteers, donors, service providers and community members. PSKS has a commitment to ending youth homelessness in Seattle as we look to our next 20 years. Today is a celebration of all PSKS has accomplished, but there is still work to do and hundreds of youth to serve. Will you join us for the next part of our journey?