Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
4516 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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Catholic Community Services
Attn: Fund Development
100 23rd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144-5979
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"I love UDYC because they helped me with housing, school and legal things. Also, my case manager, teachers and drug counselor support me a lot. Whenever I have problems that I feel I can’t handle they help me out with it. I’m so grateful for this wonderful place and people. Because of them and my efforts, I’m going to be able to accomplish my dreams which are to be drug free, maintain housing, complete high school and go to college. Thanks to UDYC.”
UDYC provides homeless, at risk, runaway, and/or street involved youth ages 13-22 the opportunity, tools, & support in transitioning to improved living while creating a safe, nurturing environment that value and respects the cultural diversity of the youth we serve.
UDYC Offers These Programs
Drop-In Center & Basic Needs
UDYC Drop-In is open every Monday – Thursday afternoons providing a hot, nutritious meal and an opportunity to meet our staff and receive the following:
- Clothing – access to our free clothing room
- Laundry & Showers
- Bus Tickets
- Connections to ongoing services such as case management, school and employment programs
Connecting youth with services is done with the support of case managers. We build relationships with youth to get to know them and the resources they need to exit homelessness. Our goal is to provide assistance to youth to obtain housing, employment, identification, family reconciliation, health services and legal assistance.
“My case manager helped to put me in touch with the people and services that I needed and to see how I could achieve my goal of getting a college education and bettering myself.I couldn’t have done it by myself.”
The Zine Project hires homeless youth (ages 15–22) to work, learn and write for eight weeks, Monday-Friday, 16–18 hours a week. Their efforts culminate in the creation of Zines (mini-magazines). An Employment Case Manager works with each youth to learn foster essential skills for obtaining and maintaining employment. Click here for an application.
“Zine presents a wonderful opportunity for me to not only write but share about my experiences. I love coming to work every day andI will hate to see it end!”
Click on the links below to view sample work by our talented Zine youth.
On-site drug & alcohol counseling services and referral to treatment programs provided by Ryther Child Center.
Run by the Seattle Public School Interagency Academy, UDYC Interagency offers high school diploma classes, GED programs, and Basic Skill Programs.
- High School Diploma Class
- GED Program
- Basic Skills Program
“My case manager helped to put me in touch with the people and services that I needed and to see how I could achieve my goal of getting a college education and bettering myself. I couldn’t have done it by myself.”
“Zine presents a wonderful opportunity for me to not only write but share about my experiences. It helps me to feel good about myself; it is very validating. I love coming to work every day and I will hate to see it end!”
“I love UDYC because they helped me with housing, school and legal things. Also, my case manager, teachers and drug counselor support me a lot. Whenever I have problems that I feel I can’t handle they help me out with it. I’m so grateful for this wonderful place and people. Because of them and my efforts, I’m going to be able to accomplish my dreams which are to be drug free, maintain housing, complete high school and go to college. Thanks to UDYC.”
CLICK HERE to check out a recent article featuring UDYC in Crosscut Magazine.
Thank you for your interest in joining us! UDYC serves Seattle’s homeless and underserved youth between the ages of 13-22. We welcome volunteers ages 18 and over and require an application and background check. Please contact Christopher, UDYC Supervisor, for more information: Email or call him at 206-526-2992 ext. 31.
UDYC Drop-In Volunteer
Volunteers will work directly with clients and support the overall operation of the program. Tasks and responsibilities include: preparing the space before opening program, providing hospitality food service and prep, building positive and professional relationships with clients, positive role modeling, clothing bank and resource referrals, and assisting staff with other various duties. Volunteers have
the opportunity to learn about the various community resources available to homeless youth and to be exposed to working in this field. UDYC greatly values volunteer support and we strive to foster a fun and positive atmosphere. This is a direct service position; 1/week (3.5hrs); availabilities MTWR 12:30p-4p
Meal Team Volunteers
Responsibilities: UDYC Drop-In program provides 40-45 meals a day for homeless and underserved youth. For many, a meal at UDYC will be the only nutritious meal they receive all day. Meal Team volunteers support youth and UDYC by contributing a home cooked meal at our drop in program, Monday – Thursday served at 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Individual volunteers or small groups (between 2-5 people) are scheduled to cook the dinner meal once each month. Volunteers may either drop off the cooked meal or cook the meal on-site and provide ingredients for a meal that consists of an entree, vegetable, and bread/starch. This volunteer opportunity is great for those who want to get together with friends or co-workers and have fun cooking up a range of dishes.
UDYC Facilities Volunteer
UDYC Facilities Volunteers support the operation of our programs by working to up-keep our building and provide organizational support. Schedules for facilities can be flexible. Tasks and responsibilities include sorting donations, organizing clothing bank, laundry, general cleaning, filing and organizing, compiling and printing documents and collateral, and other special projects.