Safe Futures Youth Center
Our Mission & History
SFYC was founded in June 1996 as a City of Seattle Human Services Department-operated program targeting at-risk Southeast Asian youth and families.
Effective programming that utilizes evidence-based and promising practices, a strengths-based approach incorporating the 40 Developmental Assets involving the entire family, and providing a culturally appropriate, supportive environment for youth.
Effective programming that utilizes evidence-based and promising practices, a strengths-
based approach incorporating the 40 Developmental Assets involving the entire family, and
providing a culturally appropriate, supportive environment for youth
350 youth and families are annually served by SFYC services
From 2000-2007, over 775 youth have been served by case management services
Academic and award attainments by current and former youth have established higher
standards for SFYC youth i.e. ivy-league university admission and community excellence
In 2007, 92% of eligible youth graduated high school or obtained their GED
Since 2003, the percent of eligible youth who graduated high school or obtained their GED
has remained above 85%
In 2001, the National SafeFutures' evaluation of our gang intervention model demonstrated
that SFYC was successful in ten of eleven key outcome areas, such as in reduction in gang
crimes, educational attainment, increase in protective or resiliency factors, etc.
An evaluation of our Promoting Assets Across Cultures program showed an increase in
healthy youth and family relationships
In 2001, SFYC's replicated model, New Start Center, demonstrated through a Juvenile
Justice Evaluation that New Start was successful in reducing the number of criminal and
felony referrals to the juvenile justice system, the number of detention admissions and
length of stay in detention
SFYC underwent an evaluation of its Comprehensive Family Model through
Reinvesting in Youth. The evaluation is expected to more conclusively demonstrate SFYC's
program effectiveness, provide basis for expanded funding and replication, and provide
feedback to improve service delivery. It also provides a Cultural Competency Assessment
Report and Action Plan Report. Safe Futures has achieved broad funding support, from City of Seattle and
King County governments, United Way, several foundations, charitable trusts and other donations.
Agency successes include providing services to youth and families so that several have gone on to college
and are working in middle class jobs. Several youth who received services from Safe Futures have
returned to the agency to become mentors to other youth or are involved in the community in leadership roles.