Trusted. Inspiring. Empowering. Fresh. These are the words that describe us.

By giving now, you will keep these services going as planned.  
This goal was calculated carefully from what we will have spent on services from July 2018 to now and through June 2019.
Because donors are so blessing us, we have included $26,000 for summer and southward expansion plans. 
This includes more hours of open time to help clients deal with summer heat and stress as well as expansion to New Braunfels and San Antonio.
If you would like to give regularly and save time, please set up a recurring gift here

In January 2017, Street Youth Ministry expanded the scope of our services to respond to the immediate closure of a federally funded health and human services center that had exclusively served our younger clients for years. And two years later it is very clearly a big success and breaking all our records of the past 11 years!

Doing great work in Austin will always be our heart, but we are taking more steps. We now have ten clients in San Marcos and we will be expanding where we can find partners in New Braunfels and/or San Antonio in May. We believe that every homeless young adult deserves someone like our staff members in their lives. We are willing to use as much as 5% of our time and effort to make this a success.

But what about people not in our area? We believe every homeless young adult deserves a skilled and impassioned guidance counselor. We are exploring how to help nationwide. Our first effort can be found at, where we are looking for people who are already doing this task but perhaps want some inspiration or skill advancement. Our founder is using 10% of his time to see how to have a nationwide impact so we can exit the second decade of our ministry knowing all homeless youth have a guidance counselor if they want one.

This is a perfect example of compassionate local activism that crosses all traditional lines and brings people together. We must find it in our hearts to fund services like these that are so critical to the young homeless adults and runaways who are in our region. We are working with city leaders, community innovators, and local resources to start a revolution in how homeless young adults are cared for, focusing on what is needed for people to be more resilient. We also work with the HOST Team (an innovative partnership of social work, police, and EMS) weekly, local street outreach partners monthly, and the Coalition to End Youth Homelessness in Austin monthly. Critical needs like food, clothing, toiletries, a safe place for community and mentorship -- all of which we provide now -- are vital to street youth. City of Austin research, just completed, shows that the coaching, connection, self-expression, self-care and more may be doing even more to lift people from the streets -- and we are the innovators in this space! Your support means serving 80 individuals every week. The outcomes are fantastic! They don't grow into chronic older homeless people. They do amazing things as they gain stability and attain entry-level education, employment and housing already provided in our community. Donate below to support our Drop-in Center services. 

We need your support by June 30 to meet our break-even goal, online or mailed directly to Street Youth Ministry, 408 W 23rd Street Basement, Austin TX 78705. Thank you!

We use your gift where it is needed most. Click here instead to designate a specific purpose or support a specific staff member.

In 2018, SYM spent $291,657 on our client programs (74% of total expenditures). That means each focused visit with a client cost $26.77 or $21/hour or $593 per unique client. We spent $30,793 on our volunteer program and in-kind donations (8% of expenditures). That means each hour of volunteerism cost us $2.52 to coordinate and each $100 of in-kind donated food and clothing cost us $12.21 to receive and distribute. We spent $30,368 on public awareness raising (8%), or $6.65 per subscriber. We spent $15,812 on our internship future leaders program (4%) or $25.92 per supervised hour. Fundraising (4%) cost us 3.84 per $100 raised and our administration cost was a low 3%. Your designated gift for a missionary or for a specific project goes 100% to that purpose, with no fees or overhead reserved.