Provider Category: Supportive Services
About the Organization
Our ministry targets street-dependent young people and travelers in Austin.
The average age of our clients is 23. More than half were in foster care in Texas. Thirty percent are women. Some travel from city to city frequently, often by freight trains, and others are more local. They are often invisible and unwanted and, as a result, very mobile. They generally prefer to be called street youth rather than homeless. Our word for them is street-dependent since they depend on the street for food, clothing, shelter, self-care, friends, and support. When they first come to the street, the street is often the best place they have ever experienced. Their needs are quite different than a typical older homeless person. This is why SYM exists. We met 228 new street youth in 2016 and served 533 unique individuals. In our service area in 2016, we averaged 65 individuals each week, about 15% new, 75% continuing from the previous week, and about 10% returning from the past. The 2015 Homeless Point in-Time Count showed 1877 homeless individuals in Austin. The 2016 Youth Voices Count census showed 133 homeless youth 25 years old under under in Travis County.
Programs and Services
Housing facilities arrangement: Does not applyHousing is assigned based on:: Does not applyDrop-in: YesStreet outreach: YesCrisis counseling: YesFamily intervention: YesPrevention: YesMeals: YesCounseling or mental health care: YesLegal support: YesTransportation: YesEducation or GED preparation or school counseling: YesCollege counseling and preparation: YesCareer counseling: YesJob training or skills development: YesYouth development opportunities: YesCharging stations or power outlets: YesClothing closet: YesComputer lab: YesCooling center: YesFood pantry: YesFree WiFi: YesGender neutral restroom: YesGendered private or safe restroom: YesHeating center: YesLaundry Services: YesShowers: Yes
In case anyone want to know... here is SYM's non-discrimination policy. We tried to write as wide a policy as we could. If you want to make a political statement, make a donation to SYM in honor of our President-Elect or our VP-Elect or anyone in Congress, and we'll send a signed card made by a client and a copy of our non-discrimination policy to the White House letting them know they were honored to support marginalized and vulnerable people of such wide diversity:
No person with responsibilities in the operation of the SYM shall unfairly discriminate with respect to its operation or delivery of services to clients because of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, or military service. We do reserve the right to exclude from service those outside our target age range of 28, although we will make reasonable accommodation for those over that age who view themselves or are viewed as members of street youth community.