Learn about issues surrounding youth in crisis and hear about Second Story's involvement in our community.
Second Story Earns 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating for the Eighth Year in a Row
For the eighth year in a row, Second Story has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in America. This is the highest rating possible; only 4% of charities in America receive this kind of long-standing achievement. [Continue reading]
Six Things You Can Do to Help Homeless Students this School Year
Another school year has arrived! A new year is a huge milestone for youth in all of our programs, but can be especially challenging for homeless youth. [Continue reading]
Congratulations, 2018 Graduates!
We could not be more proud of the young people in our programs graduating from high school! This year 100% of seniors in Second Story's programs are graduating -- 17 total. We can't wait to see what they do next, and we're eager to highlight just a few of Second Story's 2018 graduating seniors! [Continue reading]
New Study Reveals High Rates of Trafficking Among Homeless Youth
A recently released study found that 1 in 5 homeless youth were victims of human trafficking. Learn more about why homeless youth are so vulnerable and what Second Story is doing to help. [Continue reading]
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!
April is volunteer appreciation month! We truly could not provide safe spaces and opportunities to youth in crisis throughout Northern Virginia without YOUR support. Our dedicated volunteers give of their time and resources everyday. Just last year 1,821 volunteers gave 14,228 hours of their time to help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re recognizing just a few dedicated volunteers by asking them why they believe in Second Story. [Continue reading]
Why Gang Violence is on the Rise
Gangs are an age-old concern for the DC Metro Area. Ever since the late 80’s MS-13 has been a reliable threat. Their presence rises and falls, but within the past five years law enforcement has seen an uptick in gang recruitment, and gang violence has become Northern Virginia’s enemy #1. Earlier this year a brutal murder of a teenage girl by one of her friends shocked and appalled our community. Learn more about gangs in our community and how Second Story is breaking the cycle at the ground floor. [Continue reading]
“The Full Swing of a New Year” — Judith Dittman, CEO
As we celebrated Dr. King last month I was reminded of some of his renowned words, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” As we step away from the holiday frenzy and back into the rhythms of our daily lives I invite you to ask this question of yourselves, too. [Continue reading]
“A Reflection for the Holidays” — Judith Dittman, CEO
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Second Story! I hope you are savoring the excitement of the season. When we think of the holidays we think of joy, peace, love, family, and comfort, but the reality for a homeless or at-risk young person is often much different. [Continue reading]
New Report Reveals Startling Statistics on Youth Homelessness
1 in 10 young adults aged 18-25 experience homelessness every year, and about half of them experience homelessness in the form of couch surfing. [Continue reading]
A Runaway’s Fate
November is National Runaway Prevention Month. According to National Network for Youth, between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away every year. A life on the streets introduces a young person to an array of dangers: drugs, truancy, depression, sexual exploitation, even suicide. In Northern Virginia, though, there is another option: Second Story for Teens in Crisis. [Continue reading]
“Will You Join Us?” — Judith Dittman, CEO
For 45 years Second Story has been coming alongside homeless and at-risk youth, offering them safe shelter and ensuring they have the opportunities necessary to reach their full potential. Our mission has remained steadfast throughout these years -- to provide safe shelter and opportunity to homeless and under-served youth. Your support is the consistent, faithful thread woven throughout our history. As federal funding and grants ebb and flow, your contributions allow us to pursue our mission with visionary confidence. [Continue reading]