Heading into what is always a busy holiday season, I am energized by the amazing work of staff and young people at Larkin Street. We’ve kicked off our new strategic plan, which focuses on increasing the availability of housing, employment, and behavioral health services for youth. Alongside these programmatic enhancements, we’re prioritizing providing leadership for the area wide Rising Up partnership as well as increased staff support and sustainability.
Another pillar of our work we affirmed in the new strategic plan is amplifying youth voice and leadership. One stellar example of this is Larkin Street’s endorsement of Prop A, an affordable housing bond on this November’s ballot. Our Youth Advisory Board diligently researched the measure and made a recommendation to the agency to support it, in addition to putting boots on the ground at one of the first rallies for the measure.
Policy and advocacy work are crucial in truly ending youth homelessness. So are you! Thank you, as always, for choosing to make a real difference in the lives of young people.
Larkin Street Youth Services