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Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report Jan. 1 – March 31, 2013

From: Judi Lee; Youth Emergency Services Program Director

Terra Price; Y.E.S. Life Skills Social Worker

During this reporting period Y.E.S. received 27 new referrals for services to youth and families.
4 youths were returned to their state of residency. Transportation expenses for these youths were arranged by family or other programs in their areas.
Y.E.S. was actively involved in 11 CHINS (Child In Needs of Services) petition during this period. To date, this is the largest number of youth seeking assistance from the courts in order to be placed out of their current living situations for a variety of reasons, ranging from toxic home environments to no capable parent or guardian to reside with. 9 of these petitions have been granted with 2 still pending court approval.
2 youths were placed on Youth at Risk due to their non-compliance of house rules and poor school attendance.
Y.E.S. had no placements at Martin Hall (Juvenile Hall) this reporting period.
Y.E.S. moves forward with its preparation of the Federal Tax Exempt documents. We have completed all the mandatory requirements. Six community members have accepted Y.E.S. Board seats and officers have been selected:

  • Tammy Allison; Chair (Host Parent)
  • Sarah Kramer; Vice Chair (Crime Victim Advocate)
  • Angela Tanner; Treasure/ Secretary (Education/Youth Leadership)
  • Rory Axel; (Youth Services)
  • Anne McLaughlin; (Attorney at Law)
  • Thubten Chodron; (Sravasti Abbey)

Y.E.S. is fortunate to have the aforementioned Board members join in our efforts to provide services to the county’s youth, develop program standards and guidelines, monitor and maintain all programs within the RCW/WACS, and be actively involved in fund raising efforts to sustain necessary programs that stabilize the youth we serve.

Financial Summary

  • In-Kind: (goods & supplies)                                       $10,545.17
  • Cash:                                                                         $3,037.00                               
  • Donated Hours: (Office remodel) 170 hr labor          $3,733.00

The Kalispel Tribe has an office in Newport that became available for rent Feb.1, 2013. Following a tour and meeting with the tribal representative Terry Knapton, we agreed the space was more than adequate to meet our agency’s needs. The rent was reduced $100 to accommodate our budget at $400. The Tribe agreed to reimburse Y.E.S. for all supplies and labor to remodel the office prior to moving in. On Feb. 28, 2013 after 3 weeks of work, we completed all the repairs and painting. Our office furnishings were donated by the community businesses and area residents. We are planning an Open House in the near future and announcements will be going out when a date is set. The Kalispel Tribe has also given Y.E.S. an additional space, on the same lot as the office, to store our clothes, bedding, school supplies, personal incidentals and shoes at no additional cost. Having the supplies readily available for the youth is a wonderful benefit. The storage space also requires some remodeling, and the Tribe is contributing the materials and reimbursement for the labor.
During this next reporting period several of the youth will graduate from High School and will have committed to continuing their education at Community Colleges, Universities, Job Corp Trade School, Technical Schools and the Military. Some of the youth started with Y.E.S. 4 years ago and have proven Youth Emergency Services has been effective in stabilizing their lives and supporting them as they struggled through their high school challenges. Some will be graduating with Honors and substantial scholarships. Each of these youths needs to be celebrated for their commitment to remain in school and completing this phase of their education.
Several fund raisers have been scheduled for Y.E.S. during the next 4 months. The funds will be used again for the youths’ needs/services; school supplies and fees, clothing, medical expenses, housing and food, to name a few.
As we grow and expand our services based on the needs of the youth, we will continue evaluate the program and provide the best services we can to meet our mission of providing the youth from Y.E.S. of Pend Oreille County good opportunity and choices.
Thank you for this privilege and honor to manage the Y.E.S. program with your support and input. I respectfully submit this report for your review, comments or questions.
Judi Lee

Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report: Life Skills
During the period o January-March 2013 the Y.E.S. Life Skills Program received five new intake referrals. Of those referred, two intakes and Casey Life Skills (CLS) assessments were fully completed, two intakes were not completed due to the social worker being unable to contact the potential clients, and one was sent out of the area by family. Both of the new intakes were paired with skills coaches, although one did not maintain contact due to transience. Ten of the existing clients are in regular contact and working with skills coaches. Two clients are in post-secondary education courses. Five clients received case management services such as assistance in obtaining medical treatment. Two clients were placed with host homes or received Family Reconciliation Services (FRS). Four clients received individual counseling through the program.
During this quarter our volunteer coaches received training on how to assist clients in applying for social services through the Washington Portal website. In compliance with our grant requirements there are currently eleven Life Skills Coach volunteers. Also, our B.A. level intern has been fully trained and has become a great asset to the program providing support services relating to the educational needs of clients.
Because we have not been able to serve a large number of clients with the intensive program in which they receive on-on-one coaching, we are implementing two key programs changes. First, we are going to increase the number of general Y.E.S. program clients (those seen by Judi Lee) who are given Casey Life Skills assessments. Of those assessed, a few clients will be selected for one-on-one intensive work with staff and coaches, while the majority of the clients will be channeled into group life skills classes and other learning activities. We have our first group classes in money management (given for free by STCU) scheduled for April, and will soon have cooking classes starting through the Kitchen Shoppe. The second major change on the horizon relates to the continuing need for additional support services relating to education and job skills. We will be opening up a student resource center utilizing our new location and donated computers. We hope to get enough volunteers to keep the space staffed from 3-5 pm on school days. We have already begun gather resources for SAT, ACT, GRE, GED, and ASVAB test prep, and will also train volunteers to assist with job applications, resumes, and employment searches. This may also be an opportunity for students to gain volunteer hours doing peer-to-peer tutoring.
An exciting update regarding our program is that we are beginning to see the positive outcome of previous coaching efforts. A shining example is that one of our clients was assisted by two of our coaches in applying for colleges and scholarships. With their help she was accepted to a prestigious university and will receive $40,300 in scholarship money. Her mother stated that she had been falling through the cracks at school and would not have had this success without our coaches.

Terra Price

Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report, Oct. 1, 2012- Dec. 31, 2012

From: Judi Lee; Youth Emergency Services Program Director

Terra Price; Y.E.S. Life Skills Social Worker

During this reporting period, 4475 Brief Contacts were received for direct services, referrals and resources and case activities. 8 CHINS Petitions were filled during this reporting period, 7 were approved with 1 being rescheduled to be heard in Jan. 2013.

3 youth were placed in Youth @ Risk standings due to their behaviors and non-compliance with school attendance and issues within the family units.

Y.E.S. had 0 placements at Martin Hall (juvenile detention) during this quarter.

Out of area runaways during this quarter were 7. One female youth was returned to Idaho, 2 siblings were returned to Oregon the remaining 4 youth were returned to their counties of residencies within Washington State. With the exception of one youth all travel expenses and arrangements were provided by other means.

During this quarter the YES volunteer’s sub-committee has finalized the YES By-Laws, Policy and Procedures and completion of the Federal 501 (c) 3 applications. A sub-committee meeting is scheduled in Jan. 2013 to review and approve all the necessary documents and appoint 5 members to the YES Board.

Our fundraising efforts during this quarter were successful and rewarding for all the hours committed to strengthen our donation account funds as we provide services that currently have no funding source. Our grant writers continue to research funding that will enhance services and provide stability to the youth we serve. Our goal remains to enhance the services in Pend Oreille with ongoing fund raisers, grants, foundations and donations. Our current activity is to locate a cost effective or donated office space.

Financial Summary

  • Grants: CHIPRA (DSHS)                           $3,733.00    (Awarded not received)
  • Payless Shoes Gift Certificates                     $500.00
  • In-Kind: (goods & supplies)                       $2,492.00
  • Cash:                                                         $ 4,955.00                               

Our Annual Christmas Party for the Youth, families and volunteers was a success. Three students from the Culinary Arts Class at SCC sponsored, prepared and served 70 guests at our dinner. Each youth received a gift bag, hats, gloves and personal care items. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all that attended. Additionally 202 youth in Pend Oreille County received gifts through community donations and generosity. Gifts were delivered right up to Christmas Eve in an effort that every gift is delivered before Christmas day.

Since August 2012 the Y.E.S. Life Skills Program has received 14 intake referrals. Of those 14, 12 intakes and Casey Life Skills (CLS) assessments were fully completed. Of the two not completed one was referred for inpatient treatment and the other (an 18 year old youth) did not return for CLS assessment or further services. Of the 12 successful intakes all were paired with skills coaches, although some had to be reassigned due to transience. Eight clients received case management services such as assistance in obtaining medical treatment. Five clients were placed with host homes or received Family Reconciliation Services (FRS). Five clients received individual counseling through the program.

There are currently ten Life Skills Coach volunteers. This places us in compliance with our grant requirements. Additionally, two interns have been brought into the program in order to increase our ability to serve clients effectively. Another accomplishment of note is that we recently won a $3,700 CHIPRA grant, which will allow us to purchase electronic equipment so that we can sign clients up for medical and other benefits on-site.

Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report: July 1, 2012 – September 30, 2012

  • During this reporting period 2482 Brief Contacts were received for services, referrals and case activities.
  • Mindy Carter is ending her employment this month at Y.E.S. as the Foundation Funding has been depleted for the Medical Social Worker position. The funding was ear marked for medical related expenses, transportation as well as Mindy’s salary. With the medical Social Worker position ending there will be a gap in services to the youth needing medical assistance. Volunteers have been recruited to provide transportation for necessary appointments with travel reimbursements being paid from our fund raising account.
  • A new staff member has been hired, Terra Price, to fill the Life Skills Social Worker position. She has begun to test youth with the Casey Life Skills tool and connecting the youth with trained Life Skill Coaches from our volunteers group. Our coaches bring a variety of skills and knowledge to help guide the youth and support them in accomplishing their goals, and preparing them to exit the Y.E.S. Program.
  • 7 CHINS Petitions were granted during this reporting period as well as 5 Youth @ Risk Petitions.
  • Y.E.S. had 0 Martin Hall Placements during this reporting period.
  • Out of area runaways were down this summer. Y.E.S. Returned 8 youth to their state of residency. 3 runways were returned to their county of residence within Washington State.  All travel expenses/ arrangements were provided by family or other agencies.
  • One 17 year old female with her 2 year old child remained in Newport after becoming homeless in Connecticut and placements with local family members failed. TANF, food stamps, medical, day care have been arranged, as well as Early Head Start for the child and enrollment into the GED program for the youth. Her Life Skills Coach is actively involved with her progress.
  • I continue to work on the Federal non-profit 501(c) 3, with the hopes that Y.E.S. will soon be its own non-profit agency. It’s our goal to finalize this lengthily process within the next quarter. With the needs for services growing and the lack of funds to provide the services, grants will become the primary funding base for the services which motivates us to obtain our own non-profit status.
  • The fund raising efforts during the summer proved to be beneficial to Y.E.S. and providing on going unmet needs of the youth. Y.E.S. volunteers and youth spent many hours collecting funds and school supplies for 100 youth in need of back packs and supplies. We met our goal and all Y.E.S. youth began the school year with their needs met. 12 youth received financial support to participate in sports as well as equipment needed. I remain hopeful that our donations will sustain the youth that want to remain in sports throughout the school year.
  • The goal remains to enhance the services in Pend Oreille County with fund raisers, grants, foundations and donations. Our current activity is to locate a cost effective or donated useable office space for staff and youth. We have received donated office equipment, furniture and lap-tops for the youth to use for their educational needs.
  • Financial Summary
    • Grants: Inland Northwest Community Foundation:                 $6,500.00
    • (Dedicated to school supplies)
    • In-Kind (goods & Supplies):                                                   $7,616.00
    • Cash: (Fund Raisers included)                                                  $4,398.00
  • Case Growth
    • Pend Oreille County homeless counts continue to increase with a new trend of family units relocating here and seeking assistance to locate housing that will accommodate the families allowing them to remain together. All families have been referred onto other agencies for services in our county.
    • Newport School Districts enrollment is up this year as is the caseload.
    • Cusick & Selkirk School Districts have not reported their numbers as of yet, however I have received new referrals from both.
    • ALL Y.E.S. youth have safe housing, medical and educational services needs met.

Respectfully submitted for your review and comments

Judi Lee

Summary of Youth Emergency Services’ Quarterly Report, April to June, 2012

  • Case loads are up. In the Newport School District, there are 98 homeless children, in Cusick School District 23, and in Ione/Selkirk 18.
  • At the end of school year, 15 teens graduated from high school; 9 will pursue additional studies; 6 will be going into the military. 26 8th graders moved on to high school.
  • YES received a $16,150 foundation grant for mentors program. Teens have been asked what they want to accomplish and are working with 6 mentors who have already been through the Advocate Ttraining. There will be another Advocate Training in September.
  • YES has received a grant from Exxon Mobile, many in-kind donations of goods to give to the teens. Two funding raising activities, a lumber raffle and face painting, have brought in funds.
  • We are planning a Hawaiian dance performance and Hawaiian food and a silent auction as an August fundraiser in Newport.
  • We are working on the application for 501(c)3 non-profit status with the IRS.
  • We continue to investigate the possibility of having a Safe House for the children to come to after school. We were looking at a house in Newport, but it is not suitable.
  • A minimum of 75 backpacks filled with school supplies are needed for the beginning of the school year (cost for each, including a pair of shoes for the student, is about $125). A brochure has been made to inspire interest in this and generate funds.

Due to the efforts of Bruce and Tina, a kind donor offered YES a unit of timber to raffle. The raffle raised $1,104 for YES. The raffle winners, Julie and Roger Young are here. Julie expressed her thanks for the lumber but mostly for what YES is doing for the youth in the area.

The following article appeared on the front page of the Newport Miner, a local newspaper in Newport, WA, in April, 2012.

Youth Crisis Organization Aims at ‘Safe House’
Organization serves more than 100 today

By Janelle Atyeo

NEWPORT- The Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.) program has been working in Pend Oreille County for more than a decade, serving homeless teens and other youth in crisis. With the poor economy, the need for Y.E.S.’s services is growing, and the volunteers there are striving to expand their offerings to keep up with that need.

Some of their latest efforts include developing a mentoring program to help kids learn real-world skills; founding a ‘safe house’ where kids can come to do homework, laundry and take care of their basic needs; and recruiting more volunteers to help them make it happen.

There are more than 100 kids between age 12 and 17 currently being served by Y.E.S. That’s more than double the amount from a year and a half ago.

To be in the Y.E.S. program, the kids must be in school, drug and alcohol free, and not be a criminal offender. Y.E.S. helps them connect with services such as drug and alcohol treatment programs, mental health support groups and the local food bank. Y.E.S. hands out supplies such as personal hygiene items, blankets and clothes, and it helps homeless teens find homes with local families. Y.E.S. volunteer Tammy Alison said they hope to establish a safe house in Newport, [WA.]. It wouldn’t be a shelter, and the teens wouldn’t be staying the night there. Rather, it would have set hours and be staffed by volunteers. During that time, kids could shower, do laundry or get a meal.

“We know that this is going to be so important for the kids,’ Allison said.

Y.E.S. is currently looking for a property in Newport that’s within walking distance of the high school and middle school. Once they find a spot, the organization will need help making the house suit their need. It will need two bathrooms with showers–separate space for boys and girls–a kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities and a garage to store donated clothing and supplies.

The safe house would also have office space for two or three Y.E.S. staff people.

The Y.E.S. program recently received a grant to hire a part time social worker who transports kids to certain appointments. The position is funded for one year through the Empire Health Foundation. That and Y.E.S. Director Judi Lee’s position are the only paid positions. The rest are volunteers. There are 22 currently, but more are always needed.

Y.E.S. is having a volunteer drive with an open house where people can learn about the program. The event is planned for Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Pend Oreille Crime Victim Services conference room, 730 W. First St. in Newport.

“Our volunteers are fantastic,” Allison said, adding that the entire community has been very generous with donations to the program. Y.E.S. is in the process of applying to become a 501(c)(3), tax exempt non-profit organization.

Any volunteers that have contact with kids or host them in their homes must go through a training program through Crime Victim Services. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities–such as being a grant writer–that don’t require training, though Allison still recommends it.

“It’s good to understand what our kids are going through,” she said.

Volunteers will be needed to help launch Y.E.S.’s new mentoring program where kids will learn life skills like how to manage finances, or how to shop for groceries. Y.E.S. has applied for a grant to start the new program. For more information, contact Judi Lee at 509-671-7293 or visit the Y.E.S. website at www.yesteensupport.org.

Youth Emergency Services, Quarterly Report, January – March, 2012
April 1, 2012

To: Pend Oreille County Commissioners, Prosecuting Attorney, Crime Victims Services Director

CC: Pend Oreille County Auditor

From: Judi Lee, Youth Emergency Services Program Manager
Mind Carter, Youth Emergency Services Medical Social Worker

Re: Youth Emergency Services Quarterly Report, Jan. 1, 2012 – March 31, 2012

During this reporting period 1276 brief contacts were received for services, referrals, and case

In January, a new Medical Social Worker position was created to assist with the ever-growing
medical needs of the youth enrolled in the YES program. This position is being funded for 12
months by Empire Health foundation. Mindy Carter was hired to provide direct services 20 hours
a week.

7 CHINS petitions were entered and granted, 2 of which were transferred to 3rd Party
Guardianships for 2 brothers who have been homeless for over 2 years. The guardianship family
has assumed full financial, medical and physical responsibilities for the brothers until their
graduations (2015). One Youth@Risk petition was entered and granted.

Out of area runaway youth counts are down during this reporting period. 9 youth were returned
to their county of residence: 3 from Washington State, 2 from Oregon, 2 from Idaho, 1 from
Utah, and 1 from California. All transportation was funded by families, outside agencies and

Martin Hall (juvenile detention facility) Placements: 0.

Youth Emergency Services Volunteers committee remains intact and active on various projects
to enhance and sustain the services to our youth. The fund raising committee is busy preparing
spring, summer, and fall events, as well as a Mentoring Program for our youth. The [funding for]
“Life Skills Mentoring for Homeless/Runaway Youth Program” is pending approval from the
Inland Northwest Community Foundation Funds. A site visit is planned with final decision in
May 2012.

Financial Summary

Pend Oreille Valley Foundation: $600. (over the counter drugs/eye glasses/co-pays).
Cash Donations: $175.

In kind Goods and Supplies: $2,265.

Case Growth

Pend Oreille homeless counts continue to rise, referrals for services are increasing, and we
are experiencing a new trend of family units requesting services for homelessness due to the
reduction/termination of TANF funds/grants for recipients and unemployment benefits expiring.
In an effort to maintain the family units, we attempt to bridge the gaps in services and have
assisted families in relocating for employment and/or affordable housing/subsidized housing.

I remain positive about our fund raising events planned for the YES program and being able to
enhance our services in an effort to assist the youth in their educational plans/life skills/personal
goals before exiting the YES program.

I’m respectfully submitting this report for your review and any comments you may have.

Judi Lee
POC Youth Emergency Services
PO Box 944
Newport WA 99156
Phone: 509-671-7293, 509-447-LIVE
Website: www.yesteensupport.org