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In partnership with the community, Homeless Youth Connection’s (HYC) mission is to raise awareness and meet the needs of homeless youth so they can stay in school and graduate. HYC's long term vision and ongoing goals are to provide homeless teens with housing, basic needs and services as they make positive, life-affirming choices toward becoming responsible, productive adults. In partnership with West Valley educators, government agencies, faith-based organizations, and compassionate community members and donors, HYC is helping to bring a positive future to this nearly forgotten population.
Every generation comes with new hope and exciting challenges. Yet, today, homeless youth are faced with many challenges that they are not prepared to handle. Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) grew out of a concern for homeless teens in the West Valley and the many obstacles they face in finding a path to a successful future.
In 2009, Larry Cervarich was overwhelmed when he read about the struggle homeless teens in the West Valley face each day just to stay in high school. The fact that these kids had nowhere to go and no safety net to fall back on was unacceptable. Working with his Rotary and local churches, Larry established HYC. Beginning with a goal of providing for their basic needs, the organization has grown and now provides services and programs designed to help homeless teens achieve a successful, self-sufficient future.
HYC provides homeless youth with housing, food, clothing, hygiene items, and school supplies. HYC has created new and strengthened existing collaborations with local community agencies, organizations, and businesses to provide a wide-range of services, including tutoring, medical care, counseling, mentoring, life skills training, and job search assistance.
In 2014-2015, HYC will assist over 200 homeless teens attending one of the 25 high schools in the West Valley. Each student is motivated and committed to receiving a high school diploma. HYC's primary goal is to ensure these students receive basic needs and the support they need to stay in school and graduate.