Read more about what's new with our programs, issues our work addresses like trafficking, homelessness, and poverty, and updates on our work and your support.
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Our COVID-19 Response & Immediate Needs
We are updating this page with our immediate needs as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our programs.
100% of our Eligible Seniors Graduated in 2021
After a challenging year of remote and hybrid learning, the youth in our programs have defied the odds again this year. The national graduation rate for youth experiencing homelessness is around 64%. But this year, 100% of eligible seniors in our programs graduated from high school!
Year Two Fundraising Goal
We have some exciting news to share with you…for the second year in a row we reached our yearly fundraising goal!
Help us send young people back to school!
Every summer Second Story provides young people in the community with backpacks filled with school supplies so they have everything they need to begin the new year. We hand them out in our programs and at a super fun back-to-school kickoff in August. Last year we collected school supplies to support remote learning, and we
Volunteers like Catie Have Helped Get Us Through This Year
Shortly after retirement Catie attended an Open Door Information session, and began volunteering with Second Story for Teens in Crisis nearly three years ago. Learn the impact Catie and other volunteers have made to our mission.
Second Story Learning Series – How to Keep Youth Safe Online
We hope you'll join us on April 6 at 2:30PM EST to keep youth safe online! Learn more about how to attend.
Four Ways You Can Help Combat Trafficking in Northern Virginia
Human trafficking is a massive, heartbreaking problem both around the world and in the United States. In fact, over 100,000 Americans under 18 are victims of trafficking every year. Hear how you can help through Second Story.
Announcing Our Virtual Open Doors
Our Virtual Open Door Information Sessions will be held monthly via Zoom at 10 am and 1 pm. We hope you'll join us! Learn more about how to attend.
Second Story’s Holiday Letter
Each year Second Story sends a holiday letter from our Board President to our community to review the past year and let you know how you can support us over the holiday season. You can read the letter here.
An Update on Our Programs
You’re an important part of this community, so it’s important to us that as things change you remain updated on our work. Before we begin this holiday season we wanted to provide a comprehensive update on where things stand in each of our programs.
Our Beacon of Hope Virtual Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Beacon of Hope Virtual Fundraiser! We are so grateful to each of our sponsors, donors, ambassadors, and participants. You can watch the replay of the presentation at any time.
Virtual Learning at Second Story
We spoke with Meghan Huebner, Vice President of Residential Programs, to learn more about how virtual schooling is going for youth in our programs and the unique challenges presented this year.
Our CEO Judith Dittman’s 25th Anniversary
Our CEO, Judith Dittman, has been with Second Story for 25 years as of this past July! We are so thankful for her leadership and the ways she has helped the organization grow, change, and develop to best support youth. To celebrate her anniversary Judith shared with us some reflections on the past 25 years.
A Day in the Life at our Food Distribution Sites
We spoke with Edwin Alfaro, Community Organizer of Opportunity Neighborhoods for Second Story in the Community, about what a typical day looks like at the food distribution center in Culmore.