Beginning in July, Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services will host its sixth annual Christmas in July. This drive brings awareness to the fact that violence in our county occurs year around, and it encourages the community to support the most vulnerable populations by making monetary or in-kind donations throughout the month of July.
“WCYFS and the individuals we serve are incredibly fortunate to be a part of a giving and compassionate community—the generosity that arose during this last winter holiday season through our Adopt-A-Family was beyond incredible. Christmas in July highlights the sobering fact that victimization and youth homelessness occurs year round and the needs of our most vulnerable community members are critical 365 days a year.” says Jennifer Jones, CEO of WCYFS.
The Christmas in July drive outlines specific programmatic needs for clients through nine categories: school supplies, art supplies, health and beauty, hygiene products, bathroom essentials, household essentials, baby & toddler, accessories and apparel. The complete wish list can be found in the link below, and donations will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 620 North San Joaquin Street in Stockton. For more information or questions please contact us at (209) 941-2611.
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Women's Center-Youth & Family Services
38th Annual Luncheon
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Shahera Hyatt, MSW
Director of California Homeless Youth Project
Transcending the Generational Impact Violence & Trauma has on Youth
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Stockton Civic Auditorium
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services will welcome Ms. Shahera Hyatt, MSW to serve as the Keynote Speaker on Transcending the Generational Impact Violence & Trauma has on Youth for the agency’s Annual Luncheon Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Hyatt is the Director of California Homeless Youth Project (HYP), an initiative that highlights issues and solutions for youth ages twelve to twenty-four who are living “on the edge” of homelessness or are currently homeless in California. Hyatt has authored several publications on the topic of homeless youth including policy briefs for the nation’s first state action plan on ending youth homelessness, in addition to LGBT and sexually exploited youth. During the day Hyatt works to uplift the voices of marginalized youth, and at night she tells jokes at dive bars and comedy clubs all over Northern California.
The cycle of violence is real and its generational impact is prevalent in San Joaquin County. Since 2012, when Women’s Center of San Joaquin merged with Family and Youth Services to become today’s Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services, the agency has seen the generational impact violence and trauma has on youth. The converging of these two longtime community agencies brought attention to the patterns of our community’s youngest victims; kids who, with a parent, sought refuge in the domestic violence shelter later began seeking services as homeless youth.
Annually, hundreds of youth obtain services from Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services. These services include: seeking refuge at the county’s only youth emergency shelter (youth 12-17 years of age); gaining independence through the county’s primary transitional living program (youth 16-21 years of age); utilizing amenities such as showers & laundry, and eating hot meals in the drop-in center (youth 12-21 years of age); participating in Promising Pathways, a mentorship program to support transitional aged youth; and receiving clinical therapy to promote healing of mental health, trauma, and other conditions.
Join us to learn more about our youth services, how violence and trauma have lasting impact on generations, and how we, as a community, can end the cycle of violence. Contact us at (209) 941-2611 for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
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