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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Why Mental Health Matters for Young People
At Second Story, we are committed to addressing mental health and mental illness in a way that heals the whole person, strips away stigma, and works toward health and hope.
Attention Parents, Teachers & Caregivers: Four Things to Know About Cyber Safety
Technology is woven into the fabric of young people’s lives, their relationships, and their consciousness. To care about a young person is to care about their online presence and take proactive measures to ensure their safety.
Youth Homelessness & Sexual Exploitation
Traffickers and abusers prey on the vulnerable, the ones with no place to go and no one looking out for them. “Pedophiles and criminals know to go to low-income places because the kids are more vulnerable,” says Nandred Navarro, Vice President of Community-Based Services at Second Story. The statistics are clear: a young person without a safe place to stay is more at risk to be sexually abused or trafficked.
“Summer Freedom — and Potential Risks” — Judith Dittman, CEO
"Summer’s surge of freedom can be sweet for a lot of kids, but it also opens them up to more risks--especially if there is a lack of accountability and care at home," says Judith Dittman CEO of Second Story.
Second Story in the News – Meghan Huebner on WUSA9
"If we can’t remedy the situation over the phone, then they can come in and stay in our program, and really look at what the issues are at home," said Meghan.
Youth Participate in “Culmore Clean-Up” in their Community
Second Story is on the steering committee of Culmore Clean-Up, a project which is focused each year on beautifying and enlivening the Culmore community.
May is Mental Health Month
At Second Story, we ensure that the young people in our programs get access to mental health services and counseling when they need it. We are glad to be a participant in Mental Health Month, and to help everyone learn that mental health is everyone's business.
Second Story in the News – Our Launch in Vienna Connection Newspaper
Our new name and look was featured in the Vienna Connection newspaper. Our CEO Judith Dittman was featured, as well as our Vice President for Development, Jade Leedham. Reporter Colin Stoecker joined us for our announcement of "Second Story."
“A new name and a new look.” -Judith Dittman, CEO
"Last week, I announced for the first time that I was CEO of Second Story. Alternative House is writing our next story... Through this name change, our services to young people, their families, and their communities have continued without interruption," says Judith Dittman CEO of Second Story.
Ensuring Families Know Their Rights
We have been helping families understand the paperwork they need to ensure that, should the need arise, children can live with other trusted adults if Mom or Dad do not come home.
Young People Give Us Good Advice
We currently have nine council members, ages 14-18, who help us understand the issues facing young people, and how to talk to them about the things they care about.
A Bid for Racial and Social Equity in Fairfax County
“This is a wonderful initiative, and we hope that it brings more access and opportunities for success for the young people in our programs,” said Judith Dittman, CEO of Second Story.
Our Toy and Holiday Gift Drive for Children
“We do this to help the people who are in need. You do it because you have a heart for it,” said Christine Bartell, Resource Manager at Alternative House, who is coordinating the drive.