January 22, 2020
Beyond Bars: Disrupting the foster care to prison pipeline

We’ve all heard of the school to prison pipeline, but there is another insidious structure feeding the prison system: foster care.  Read More

Mockingbird Youth Summit
August 30, 2019
Authentic Youth Engagement Is Both Critical and Achievable

One of the most important aspects of creating transformative change is making sure that those most impacted by problems are meaningfully involved in the development and implementation of solutions.Read More

August 12, 2019
Welcoming our newest team member, Paula Carvalho

We’re excited to announce the newest member of the Raikes Foundation youth homelessness team, Paula Carvalho. Paula was the Director of Youth Programs at The Mockingbird Society, where she oversaw the organization’s statewide dual focus on youth development and systems reform.Read More

May 9, 2019
Statement: Washington State’s Reversal on Locking Up Runaways is a Major Step Toward Ending Youth Homelessness

Governor Inslee and the Washington state legislature have taken an important step toward a more just and humane juvenile justice system for our state’s youth and families. Read More

student homelessness
March 27, 2019
Education has a powerful role to play in preventing and ending youth homelessness

New data confirms that a record-breaking number of students experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 school year. The number of students who experience homelessness each year has been steadily ticking upward for more than a decade, topping out at more than 1.3 million in 2017.Read More

Education Leads Home
March 6, 2019
Education Leads Home announces the State Partnerships on Student Homelessness Project

This week the national campaign to address student homelessness, Education Leads Home, announced that six states—California, Kentucky, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington—have been chosen to participate in a first-of-its-kind partnership aimed improving educational outcomes for students who are experiencing homelessness.Read More

February 19, 2019
Affirming our commitment to end youth homelessness

On April 1, 2019 Katie Hong will be stepping away from her role as the Raikes Foundation’s Director of Youth Homelessness and into her new role as Director of Special Initiatives.Read More

students with backpacks
October 5, 2018
New Report Offers Key Insights Into Student Homelessness

This week, our partners at Schoolhouse Washington released a comprehensive report on the academic outcomes of students experiencing homelessness in Washington state.Read More

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September 7, 2018
Host Homes could provide housing for every homeless young adult in King County

We’re excited to announce that we’re building on our partnership with the Accelerator YMCA and the Medina Foundation to work with King County, Friends of Youth and the Pearl Jam Fund to expand the Host Homes King County program. Host Homes are a promising solution to help house youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness. Host Homes are temporary placements for youth, typically about six months, that provide a safe and stable base while the young person searches for employment, permanent housing or works to complete an education goal.Read More

August 2, 2018
Washington state takes another step toward ending youth homelessness

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Washington state has been awarded not one, but two federal Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grants. These grants reaffirm that Washington state is on the right path toward ending youth homelessness and that our state can lead the way for others.Read More