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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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Registration Open for

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!

Register by clicking here
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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.”

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Charles Shelan Legacy

Endowment Fund

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After nearly 36 years as chief executive officer of CYS, Charles Shelan is retiring, leaving behind a non-profit agency poised to continue in the excellent traditions that he guided over the last several decades.

An anonymous donor recently honored Shelan with a $100,000 gift to the CYS endowment, which will be used for Rosie's Place and its associated programs. Given that those programs serve the most vulnerable youth in our community, the fund will ensure they find an open door toward safety, security and success in the decades to come.

CYS Development Director Lynsi Polanco announced an effort to double that amount in Shelan's honor, allowing for funds to help all of the programs at CYS. To give to the Charles Shelan Legacy Endowment Fund, please click here.



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