Washington state’s youth have a lifetime of potential. They will build tomorrow’s businesses, shape our public policies, and educate the next generation of children. In fact, a young person right here in Washington state might have a cure for cancer, or an idea that revolutionizes the way we do business. The opportunities are endless.
Unfortunately, today, young people and their families face a number of barriers in reaching for these dreams—and many youth fall into homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless as a result. In fact, nearly 13,000 unaccompanied youth access homeless housing and support services each year in Washington. That’s equivalent to nearly a quarter of the state’s entire high school graduation class per year. These young people are separated from their families and need extra support to thrive.
If we don’t do something now, our next generation will struggle to reach their full potential—and all of us will be worse off. That’s because our young people represent who we all are as Washingtonians—nobody should be left out.
A Way Home Washington is a growing movement dedicated to ensuring these young people receive the support, care, and resources they need to overcome these barriers. AWHW has one goal: preventing and ending youth homelessness in Washington state.