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Mission Statement

YDF provides funds and scholarships to disenfranchised youth in King County in cases where all other resources have been exhausted. YDF funds allow at-risk youth to pursue educational, vocational and therapeutic goals. Who We Serve: • Disenfranchised Youth between the ages of 11-23 • Youth who have problems with homelessness, addiction, poverty and abuse • Youth involved in or who have been involved in the Juvenile Justice System • Youth making positive steps to transition into more stable lifestyles. What We Do: • Provide individual grants and scholarships to youth when no other resources are available • Provide Quarterly Allowances and Special Grants to Youth Serving Agencies to be able to provide specially tailored programming to youth • Karen McBeth Memorial Scholarship - Given on an annual basis to 1 or more alternative school students who have earned a diploma or a GED during the current school year and who wish to further their education

Description

The Youth Development Fund has been in existence in King County since 1975, providing grants and scholarships to disenfranchised youth struggling to overcome homelessness, poverty, addiction, and abuse and to make a better life for themselves. The transition from street culture back into a more traditional lifestyle is often met with many impediments, even in meeting one’s everyday needs. How can I get my ID? How will I pay for an application fee? How can I afford a bus pass? Youth serving agencies generally are unable to provide this level of financial support to youth. The Youth Development Fund provides funding opportunities to meet these very real needs when no other funds are available.

The Youth Development Fund provides funds directly to youth through their case managers/PO’s and the programs that service youth with no overhead and few granting requirements. Some of the organizations that the Youth Development Fund supports through quarterly grants are: Powerful Voices, Youth Speak, Totem Star, Woodinville Group Home, 4C’s, JRA, Kent Youth and Family Services, Interagency School, Orion Center, UDYC, Youth Care, King County Youth Detention Ministries, Central Youth and Family Services, Lambert House and many more.

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