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UNIVERSITY DISTRICT YOUTH CENTER (UDYC)

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HomeShelters and Homeless ServicesUniversity District Youth Center

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University District Youth Center (UDYC)

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.”

Our Mission: 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
  • Activities
  • Bus Tickets
  • Connections to ongoing services such as case management, school and employment programs

Case Management: 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.”

Employment: 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 and
I will hate to see it end!”

Click on the links below to view sample work by our talented Zine youth.

Autobiography
Sensational

Substance Abuse: On-site drug & alcohol counseling services and referral to treatment programs provided by Ryther Child Center. 

Education: 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

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Testimonial
“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.”

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Success Stories:
A young man came into UDYC drop-in after spending a night at ROOTS shelter. He was 20 years old, and had just become homeless after breaking up with his girlfriend. This young man had immigrated alone at the age of 14 from Nicaragua. His journey from Nicaragua had been lonely and dangerous, including crossing the Rio Grande and witnessing the death of a fellow traveler. In the six years since he entered the United States, he had made his way to Washington State and experienced Foster Care as well as homelessness. He had enrolled at UDYC Interagency School while he was still a minor, but left school when he found a job.

In his second engagement with UDYC, he enrolled with a Pro Youth Case Manager. He was motivated and empowered by the many resources that UDYC put at his disposal. He immediately began working on housing and re-enrolled with the UDYC school. UDYC supported him to find transitional housing. In all areas, this young man took full advantage of the services offered by UDYC. 

Within two years, this youth has transitioned from homelessness to working a fulltime job as the lead janitor at a local church, owns his own car, and has a high school diploma. He continues to be grateful for the opportunities that UDYC presented him. He is now working to get into school to train as a nurse’s assistant.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Hospitality Volunteers
University District Youth Center (UDYC)
4516 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Contact: Email Christopher Hanson or call him at 206-526-2992 ext. 24.

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. Hospitality 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.


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(206) 526-2992

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4516 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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(206) 526-2992 ext. 24
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We offer many opportunities to help transform the lives of youth. Our volunteer needs can accommodate many types of skills and schedules. Our greatest need is for volunteer meal teams in the afternoon.

 

 
Support the University District Youth Center

Click here to download the UDYC Donation Wish List

Mail Donations To:
Catholic Community Services
Attn: Office of Mission
        Resources
100 23rd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144-5979

 
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