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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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2015 Brighter Futures Run

Brighter Futures Run Trick or Trot

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:00 AM
Where: Downtown Olympia near Hands on Children's Museum
Distance: 5K

Wear a costume!
Fun for all ages!
Party on the Plaza to follow!

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Help our Youth

Gear up for Winter

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CYS supporters, including a local citizen and a camping gear supplier, have created a program to supply homeless youth a winter survival kit of a tent, sleeping bag, an insulted pad and a pack to keep it in. All donations will be matched by a community member dollar for dollar, and items are being offered through the supplier at wholesale prices.

For a young person with no place to call home, winter can be a wet, cold and scary time. Merely having a dry and warm place to sleep can mean the difference between feeling hope or despair. That is why two caring local citizens have asked us to provide the basics for 60 young people: a tent, a sleeping bag, a pad and a bag to keep them in. That is what this campaign intends, to give 60 young people a way to get out of the storms.

Contribute here.


New Program and Training Opportunity

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CYS is sponsoring a training for our new InkWell program, which focuses on poetry writing with at-risk youth. The training, which costs $50, will be led by Richard Gold of Seattle, founder of the Pongo Teen Writing program there 20 years ago.

To learn more about how the program works, see

To register, click here.



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