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.
We are thankful for anyone able and willing to help us communicate our work. If you have creative ideas to help us spread the word through social media, print, television, an online publication, or another medium, or if you are a member of the press, we would love to talk to you. Please contact our Communications Manager.
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.
100% of Second Story’s Eligible Seniors Graduated from High School
All nineteen eligible seniors from Second Story for Homeless Youth and the Culmore Teen Center graduated from high school in 2020!
Connecting with Second Story
Many of you have messaged us asking for ways to help and responded in overwhelming ways--thank you! Here is another way to get involved: become an ambassador!
Where We Stand on the Black Lives Matter Movement
We’re deeply grieved by injustices, such as systemic violence, that impact people of color. Diversity and equality are values that have been at the heart of our mission since the beginning – we have a diverse staff and serve a diverse group of young people and families. We know that injustice persists, that it affects our staff, the youth we serve, and our community as a whole, and that it requires action from each of us.
COVID-19 & Our Programs: Updates from the Frontlines
We're updating this page as new stories and information come in. Our program staff are working on the front lines with youth and families experiencing homelessness and crises, especially as COVID-19 forces them into a new and more challenging way of life.
Our COVID-19 Task Force
Dear Friends, I hope you and your families are doing as well as possible under these challenging circumstances. I wanted to provide you another brief update on our programs, but mostly tell you about something new we’re starting in this season to help us support youth and families in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Update: COVID-19 and its Impact on Our Programs
A note from our CEO, Judith Dittman: Dear Friends, Because I know how much you care about the young people in our programs, I wanted to provide you with an update on the ways we are trying to keep them safe during the current COVID-19 outbreak. As of this writing, there are no community spread
Second Story Featured in “Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection” by Anne Kim
Anne Kim is a Northern VA based writer, focusing on some of the issues at the core of our work. Her new book, "Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection" comes out on February 11th. She has an entire chapter dedicated to Second Story and how our work is helping address this crucial challenge. Her book is an excellent way to really understand some of the big issues Second Story seeks to address.
Our Decade in Review
Happy new decade! In 2020 we celebrate not only a new year but a new decade, and we're feeling extra thankful for all the ways we have grown, with your help, over the past 10 years. Read about some of our 2010-2019 highlights.
A Virtual Tour of Our Programs
Second Story's programs are located throughout Northern Virginia and serve young people throughout the entire DC metro area. Take a look at these photos for a peek into the spaces that host young people everyday, some of them 24/7, to provide safe havens and opportunities to grow and thrive...
Together We Do More
Together, we can ensure that Second Story’s support will always be available for young people who need it the most. Our goal is to raise $4 million dollars from people like you over the course of the next three years to meet our rising expenses and continue providing uninterrupted support to young people. That’s about $1.3 million dollars a year, and we need your help.
How Second Story Helps Homeless Youth Graduate from High School
A young person’s teenaged years are a critical moment in their life, and it’s especially important to Second Story that every young person has the safe havens and opportunities they need to graduate and pursue a hopeful future. Read Colby's story and the supplemental interview with Meghan to learn how Second Story steps in.