In May of 1993, a group of individuals from University Presbyterian Church (UPC) recognized the growing number of homeless youth in Seattle’s University District and formed partnerships with fellow churches and community members to address the issue. Today, SYM operates on UPC’s campus and is committed to building relationships with youth in order to support their journey off the streets and toward restoration.


To provide youth in Seattle’s University District with life-skills, resources, and relationships that bring hope and healing to their lives and the community.  


Believing that God brings hope in the midst of relationships, our great hope is for true healing and restoration for every young person. Debilitated people get fresh starts at Street Youth Ministries. 


Connecting through meaningful relationships. We honor the sacredness and uniqueness of their personal story and seek to love them accordingly.

Partnering with our young people. We walk with them as they navigate the challenging structures of society. We use our resources and experience to help them achieve their goals and stability. We grieve with them when they fail and delight with them when they succeed. We provide opportunities for adventure that build community and self-esteem, practice basic skills, and expand their worldview.

Affirming their inherent worth. We communicate through our words and actions their worthiness of fulfillment and belonging. We recognize the importance of diversity of thought, life experience, and identity, and champion diverse representation in our drop-in and team.

In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.
— Henri Nouwen