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Youth Homeless Services includes the Youth Resource Center (YRC), Youth Empowered Solutions to Succeed Program (YESS), and Prevention Services which includes Amplied  Mentoring Program. Read more about these programs and services below.

Youth Resource Center

ElIgibility
To be eligible for this program and its resources, you must be a homeless individual or imminently at risk of homelessness from age 15 to 22
How to enroll
Please arrive during drop-in center hours between 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM. A specialist will assist you in completing the intake process and center orientation. For more information, contact 801-364-0744 ext. 707
Hours of operation
Daily intake hours are restricted to 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. We provide services to enrolled clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
LOCAtion
888 S 400 W
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Volunteers of America, Utah's Youth Resource Center is a drop-in resource center and emergency shelter for all youth aged 15 to 22 experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness.

We provide essential basic need items, such as three hot meals a day, pantry food, showers, laundry, life-skills groups, housing and employment case management, dental and medical care assistance, as well as access to mental health services on-site. From 7:30 PM to 8:30 AM the YRC transitions into a 30-bed emergency shelter.

Services and programs at the YRC
Legal Clinic
Center Resources
Community Resources
Prime for Life DUI Class

Are you a property owner looking to fill units?

Do you want to be part of the solution to end homelessness? You can help by bringing currently unsheltered individuals and families in as tenants at your properties. Potential support from VOA can include
+ Ongoing case management for your tenant(s)
+ Guaranteed rent
+ Pre-vetted clients for programs

Contact us today for more information:
housingrelations@voaut.org

Volunteer at the YRC

Prepare and serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner to our clients. Mentor a youth. Make a difference by signing up today.

SIGN UP

Hope Ignited

After aging out of the foster care system at 18, Maygan Martinez had an unexpected accident and found herself homeless. With the help of VOA Utah's Youth Resource Center, Maygan found the support and space to ignite her vision. Today, Maygan is a cofounder of the nonprofit 1999 Collective which connects youth aging out of the foster care system with resources.

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YRC's IMPACT IN APRIL 2024

Bed Nights

1,406

11

Clients Received Legal Services

117

Unduplicated Clients Served

57

Clients Case Managed

Youth Empowered Solutions to Succeed Program

Elgigibility
Now accepting Salt Lake County youth ages 16-25 (until the 26th birthday) who are homeless or housing insecure, and/or who have a mental illness or substance use disorder. "Housing insecure" includes couch surfing, approaching aging out in JJS or DCFS, being 18 and unable to afford shelter, familial conflict resulting in fleeting from home, etc.
How to enroll
For a consultation or to enroll, contact yessreferrals@voaut.org or call (385) 799-5976 (ext. 171). Monday–Friday, 9am to 5pm.
The YESS program serves youth and young adults who are in transitional phases of life in an effort to increase self-reliance, support and resiliency

The Youth Empowered Solutions to Succeed Program (YESS) improves the emotional and behavioral health functioning of youth and young adults, ages 16 to 25, struggling with mental illness and housing instability through providing clinical services, care management and peer support to increase successful transitions to self-sufficiency in adulthood.

The YESS program is committed to helping improve the lives of youth and young adults in our community by supporting and empowering them to increase their functioning in health, community and daily living, employment, education and housing. All resources are evidence-based, person-centered, and culturally competent. Involvement in leadership decision-making roles in the community is encouraged with the YESS program and aims to amplify youth voices in all levels of decision making in our community.

Treatment and support offered through the program includes case management, mental health therapy and support, supported employment, supported education, peer support services, referral to other community supports and agencies.

Want to schedule an intake? Have questions about eligibility? Want to coordinate release from states custody? Have a youth or young adult that falls outside our eligibility but needs support? Schedule an eligibility consult today.

Prevention Services

Elgigibility
Varies based on each program and service.
FOR INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT OUR PROGRAM MANAGER
801-364-0744 ext. 722
denali.hale@voaut.org
Volunteers of America, Utah's Prevention Services supports positive youth development by providing youth and families with pro-social opportunities for connection, teaching important life skills and recognizing youth for their for positive contributions to their community.

We provide a continuum of evidence-based prevention programs for youth and families in Salt Lake County. These programs address the developmental and social factors that put youth at-risk for substance use by helping youth and families build positive social skills to improve decision-making and family interactions. Our services are provided as outreach in the community – Local schools and youth organizations host a program and recruit participants at their sites.

Read more about programs and trainings that makeup VOA Utah's Prevention Services.

Amplified Mentoring Program

mentee Eligibility
+ Ready to share, learn, and make new connections in the Salt Lake community
+ 10 to 17 years old
+ Willing to meet with a mentor 6 to 8 hours a month
+ Parent/guardian permission
+ Complete a screening process
mentor Eligibility
+ Willing to meet with a mentee 6 to 8 hours for 9 months
+ Able to pass a criminal background check
+ Complete a screening process
APPLY TO BE A MENTOR
FOR inquiries
Maira Rodriguez, Amplified Mentoring Coordinator
385-341-3573
maira.rodriguez@voaut.org
Our Amplified Mentoring Program supports positive youth outcomes by building trusting relationships between youth and healthy adults and by teaching life skills that foster growth and self-sufficiency

Reliable, caring relationships with adults provide youth with the additional support they need to develop into successful members of our community. When youth know someone cares about them and recognizes their contributions, they are more likely to develop their skills, make healthy choices, and achieve self-sufficiency.

The Amplified Mentoring (AMP) provides group and one-to-one mentoring opportunities for youth in Salt Lake County. Group mentoring programs are provided in partnership with local schools and community centers. Youth participate in 10 to 12 workshops with an AMP professional mentor to learn skills for managing difficult feelings, creating healthy friendships and refusing negative peer pressure.After completing the group mentoring program, eligible youth can be matched with a trained volunteer mentor. Youth meet with their one-to-one mentor 6 to 8 hours a month for 9 months with ongoing support from AMP professional staff. This is a community-based mentorship. Mentoring activities can include talking, hiking, going to a movie, learning a new skill, working on personal goals, and more.

Watch - An introducton to AMP

Our Amplified Mentoring Program supports positive youth outcomes by building trusting relationships between youth and healthy adults and by teaching life skills that foster growth and self-sufficiency. To learn more or get involved in the program, visit voaut.org/amp