For 47 years, Second Story has operated the only emergency home for youth in Northern Virginia; today, it does that and more, providing a range of safe spaces and services for youth in crisis. Young people experiencing homelessness receive long-term housing support as well as case management, therapy, life skills education, tutoring, and emergency food and supplies. Community outreach programs provide safety and educational support after school – helping kids stay on track academically while steering clear of gangs, drugs, and violence. For homeless young mothers and their babies, Second Story offers safe housing, job training, and parenting support while moms continue their education and save for the future. And Family Resource Centers bring together language and computer classes, legal services, tutoring, and joint parent-and-child programs. For young people with nowhere else to turn, your support opens doors.
Despite having to overcome many hardships (74% of long term residential program youth became unemployed or lost significant wages), 100% of youth housed in its long-term residential program kept their housing and 100% of eligible high school seniors graduated. Staff conduct three group Zoom calls a week to make sure students don't fall behind and to schedule individual tutoring sessions as needed. Additionally, it opened food distribution centers in Culmore, Springfield, and Annandale at the start of the pandemic and continues to provide food to just under 1000 individuals a week.