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New Directions. Brighter Futures.

CYS, a United Way affiliate, has been a successful and established non-profit in downtown Olympia for more than 40 years, providing an array of services to help a wide range of youth: those in foster care, those who need help finishing their educations or getting a job or finding a safe place to live, and those seeking meaningful ways to connect with society in a positive way. About 4,000 youth – and their families – seek our services annually. We offer 19 different programs that work singly and together to help young people become independent, successful adult members of society.

Want to help? We’re always looking for donations of time, funding or needed gently used items. Call us at 360-943-0780 to learn more.

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We are located
in downtown

Main Office
711 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98506

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Brighter Futures Youth Center*
520 Pear St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

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*Rosie's Place, Young Adult Shelter, and GRAVITY High School

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CYS Announces New
Chief Executive Officer

Scott Hanauer CYS's new CEO

Scott Hanauer will take over as chief executive officer of Community Youth Services (CYS) effective August 1, when Charles Shelan retires after 35 years at the helm of the $8.2 million downtown non-profit.

The CYS board of directors chose Hanauer to succeed Shelan because of his strong clinical and administrative record and his clear passion for the CYS mission of helping youth find success. Board president Geoff Crooks said: “Scott knows CYS, its mission, programs and people, inside and out. He is deeply respected in the child welfare community, statewide and beyond.”

Read more here.


2015 Youth Awards

Youth Awards 2015

What? These youth take part in one or more programs at CYS, have accomplished personal goals, have maintained and built upon their success and have begun setting new goals. In addition to these award winners, we will honor GRAVITY High School grads, who have re-engaged with education and received a GED, thanks to our partnership with ESD 113. This is an awards ceremony, not a fund-raiser.

Where? Great Wolf Lodge 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia, WA 98531 (only a 20 minute drive from Olympia)

When? Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

Lunch and the event are by reservation before May 18. Your $30 fee covers the cost of the meal. Again, this is not a fund-raiser. If you would like to pay for lunch for a youth or his or her family member, it will defray our costs.

Please click the link below to go to our secure method of payment online, which includes a $2 credit card processing fee for a total of $32 per person
RSVP online here

OR mail a check for $30 per person, with this completed form, to:
Lynsi Polanco CYS, 711 State Avenue NE Olympia, WA 98506

Group of Business Sponsors
If you would like to sponsor a table of 8 for $350, which includes 8 seats and helps defray our costs of lunch for youth and a family member, THANK YOU! We will honor you at the event, on social media and our website and in the program.
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2014 Youth Award Recipients



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