“Since 1995, Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) has been a voice for homeless youth in Seattle in a fashion where youth are the advocates and the fuel to the engine of PSKS. PSKS is driven in a similar manner to The Mockingbird Network where those who compose the core membership of youth vote and have a voice is what the organization does.”
The Core membership is a growing, self-governed, organic entity reflecting the community that is currently being served. One needs to be flexible and open to changes. There are two classes of Core Members, active Core Members and Inactive Core Members. An active Core Member represents a single vote in organizational activities when a vote is needed and represents the organization under its Mission/ Purpose statement. They are made up of individuals that care about Homeless Issues. There is no age restriction. In order to qualify for Core Membership, a person shall demonstrate initiative and involvement in PSKS activities and a commitment of time and effort toward it’s goals and purposes. A Core Member shall be elected by a majority vote of the existing Core Membership.
Step Beyond is a peer-driven program geared towards formerly homeless individuals who have successfully transitioned off the streets. The purpose of Step Beyond is to build relationships with other peers in similar situations to provide support and lasting friendships. Step Beyond provides fun, sober activities and workshops to help participants better understand how to live life off the streets. Also provided are case management and resources for participants to create their own safe and healthy home environment.
Through LEAP, PSKS identifies youth who show an ability to meet expectations and hires them for a three-month paid internship. They gain a work ethic, learn responsibility, and develop work experience to be shown on a resume. Participants do peer street outreach, work in the HYPE day program and represent PSKS in the community.
Our Donut Dialogues provide a forum for peaceful interaction between police officers, local business owners, and homeless youth and young adults. This program, co-written with a police officer, is used throughout the city as a vehicle for communication between high risk youth and police and has been implemented city wide.