© Youth Empowered Society
Who We Are
YES Drop-In Center is Baltimore City’s first and only drop-in
center for homeless youth. YES
Drop-In Center is a safe space for youth who are homeless and between the ages
of 14-25, to get basic needs met and establish supportive
relationships with peer staff and allies that them make and sustain
connections to long-term resources and opportunities.
grew out of the work of the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative (BHYI) Youth
Leaders, a group of youth with personal experiences of homelessness that formed
as an arm of the BHYI Coalition to help set its direction during 2009-10.
Among other priorities, they identified the need for and worked to create a
comprehensive, one-stop-shop drop-in center for youth, located in a central
location, and staffed by formerly homeless young adults with whom the youth
could relate. The vision of the BHYI leaders was realized when YES opened its
doors in October 2012.
Founded and run by formerly homeless youth and their
allies, YES works to end youth homelessness in Baltimore by (1) providing
urgently-needed direct services to youth experiencing homelessness, (2)
developing the leadership and employment readiness of youth who have
experienced homelessness, and (3) engaging in system-level reform.
Baltimore’s youth will easily access supportive services and stable housing to
become powerful in their own lives.
- Safety - YES
counters the traumatic stress of homelessness and poverty by creating a
physically, morally, socially, and emotionally safe space that minimizes
triggers for each person in the YES community.
- Trustworthiness - YES
strives to be true to our word, transparent, and dependable for each person in
the YES community.
- Youth and Ally Partnerships - YES
practices collaboration and inclusiveness between peer and allied staff, board
members, and others in the YES community through our support for leadership and
skill development and use of consensus decision-making.
- Dignity - YES
practices a non-judgmental and kind approach, and relies on restorative
practices to resolve conflict, to recognize the inherent worth and potential in
each person in the YES community.
- Wellness - YES
supports the wellness of our youth and believes that our important work is made
possible over the long haul by attending to our self and organizational
- Anti-oppression - YES
practices anti-oppression internally and externally through dialogue about
privilege, equity, diversity, and power and a commitment to engaging in
Click here to view our 2016 Annual Report