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. 


Building personal relationships. We learn youth names, their unique stories, and love on them accordingly.

Teaching young people how to thrive in the structures of society. We give them opportunities to enjoy adventures that expand their worldview, practice basic skills, and grow in independence.

Affirming their inherent worth. We stick with them as they navigate the roads they face on their journeys. We grieve with them when they fail and delight in them when they succeed. We tell them often that they are worthy of a fulfilling life.

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