Imagine teens as young as 12 years old living on the streets, homeless, abandoned; some battling drugs and alcohol, engaging in prostitution or suffering from mental illness. This daunting plight is real for youth right here in the greater Sacramento area. Thanks to volunteer outreach advocates with Wind Youth Services who connect with up to 100 kids per month, many of these kids have a place to get help. Wind Youth Services collaborates with schools, health and community-based organizations to identify homeless youth and provide a wide range of resources to them. Wind offers several branches of services to meet the varying needs of each child. These are the Wind Center, Learning Center, and Wind House. Wind Center operates weekdays to serve ages 11-22 by providing over 12,000 meals per year; showers, laundry service, hygiene products, food boxes and water. Students can work with an advocate to meet their needs and identify any barriers to success. Parents, families and schools are also involved in the planning process. Along with receiving food and products, kids are taught life skills covering topics such as cooking, computer skills, music, art, physical recreation, drama, employment assistance and substance abuse. Learning Center offers an on-site class room which is fully accredited and taught by a credentialed teacher. The concept is a one-room school house serving kids of all ages year round. Students can graduate from the school, but the focus is to catch up and go back to public school. Last year the school taught 75 students. Wind House provides emergency overnight shelter in a 12-bed facility located in North Sacramento. Last year the house served 165 youth 12-18 years with an average stay of six weeks. How to Get Involved: Wind Youth Services relies on donations of cash and meals to continuing offering a safe place for homeless children. Giving is easy through their monthly giving program found on their website at www.windyouth.org. Hot meals at the shelter or Wind Center are also greatly appreciated.