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About Friends of Youth


Since 1951, Friends of Youth has been helping young people in challenging circumstances get their lives back on track.

Today, Friends of Youth positively impacts over 5,500 youth and young adults ages 6-24 and their families each year, operating facilities and programs at 21 sites in 18 cities across the Puget Sound region.

In addition to operating the only overnight youth shelters on the Eastside, we offer youth development initiatives, in-home family support for young parents of newborns, parent education, youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment and transitional housing for homeless young people and teen mothers.

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National Accreditation

Friends of Youth is one of just a few organizations in Washington to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. (more)

Our Core Values

Friends of Youth strives to uphold a series of guiding principles in every one of its actions. (more)

A Vision Realized

Friends of Youth continues to expand on the original vision and commitment demonstrated by Mrs. Iva Matsen and her co-founders. (more)

Mrs. Matsen’s Story

Read the story of the founding of Friends of Youth, in the words of Mrs. Matsen herself. (more)


Discover important milestones in the five-plus decades of Friends of Youth. (more)

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