Mission – In partnership with the community, HYC raises awareness and meets 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 helpng to bring a positive future to this nearly forgotten population.
The West Valley is home to approximately 1,800 homeless children and youth each year. According to Department of Education numbers, over 500 of those youth are high school students. With an ever-increasing need to provide support, the West Valley still has a limited number of social services and with the exception of HYC, none are serving homeless youth. Even in metropolitan Phoenix, there are very few agencies with programs accommodating homeless youth.
In addition to HYC's original mission to provide homeless teens with basic needs such as food, clothing, toiletries and school supplies, HYC has consistently introduced new services and programs to help this nearly forgotten population thrive amidst the many obstacles they face every day. Through donations, collaborations and partnerships, HYC currently provides a wide range of services, including medical care, one-on-one coaching, educational assistance, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills training.
In the 2013 AZ DES Homelessness Annual Report, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Homeless Education Office reports 31,097 children were homeless throughout the state. Of those, 73% of the children were reported as doubled-up, or living temporarily with another family; 22% were living in shelters; 2% were living in unsheltered situations, such as cars, parks, campgrounds and abandoned buildings; and 3% were temporarily residing in hotels or motels due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.