Street Youth Ministry of Austin

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Provider Category: Supportive ServicesProvider Tags: Clothing, Food, Homeless, SAFE, and Youth

  • 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 apply
    Housing is assigned based on:: Does not apply
    Drop-in: Yes
    Street outreach: Yes
    Crisis counseling: Yes
    Family intervention: Yes
    Prevention: Yes
    Meals: Yes
    Counseling or mental health care: Yes
    Transportation: Yes
    Education or GED preparation or school counseling: Yes
    College counseling and preparation: Yes
    Career counseling: Yes
    Job training or skills development: Yes
    Youth development opportunities: Yes
    Charging stations or power outlets: Yes
    Clothing closet: Yes
    Computer lab: Yes
    Cooling center: Yes
    Food pantry: Yes
    Free WiFi: Yes
    Gender neutral restroom: Yes
    Gendered private or safe restroom: Yes
    Heating center: Yes
    Laundry Services: Yes
    Showers: Yes
  • Photos
  • Video

    Street Youth Ministry

    This video introduces Street Youth Ministry of Austin. It features founder and missionary Terry Cole. It was filmed on location in Austin, Texas on the UT Drag where we serve 80-120 street youth each week.

    Posted by Street Youth Ministry on Friday, August 27, 2010

    Traveler homeless young person gives feedback

    Feedback from a traveler on our new drop in Cooperative.

    Posted by Street Youth Ministry on Sunday, January 29, 2017

  • Special Offers

    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.

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