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New Directions. Brighter Futures.

CYS, a United Way affiliate, has been a successful and established non-profit in downtown Olympia for more than 40 years, providing an array of services to help a wide range of youth: those in foster care, those who need help finishing their educations or getting a job or finding a safe place to live, and those seeking meaningful ways to connect with society in a positive way. About 4,000 youth – and their families – seek our services annually. We offer 19 different programs that work singly and together to help young people become independent, successful adult members of society.

Want to help? We’re always looking for donations of time, funding or needed gently used items. Call us at 360-943-0780 to learn more.

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We are located
in downtown

Main Office
711 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98506

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Brighter Futures Youth Center*
520 Pear St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

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*Rosie's Place, Young Adult Shelter, and GRAVITY High School

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Shelan announces retirement plans

After more than 35 years working at Community Youth Services, Charles Shelan has announced his retirement on July 31st. Clinical Director Scott Hanauer will succeed Shelan as chief executive officer. Read more here.


CYS Have a Heart for Kids Breakfast

The Have a Heart for Kids Breakfast have become a key annual local event and leads directly to help for youth who are homeless, in foster care, at risk for problem behaviors and otherwise marginalized by society. Come hear the amazing success stories from our youth and learn why CYS has become one of the most pivotal child-welfare organizations between Vancouver, B.C., and San Francisco.

When: 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Where: Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, 98502
Cost: The event and meal are complimentary. Guests are asked to contribute to our programs. CYS is a 501 (c)3 tax-deductible charity.

To reserve a seat, email For each guest, please include first and last name and an email address.

For more information or to discuss a sponsorship, call Development Director Lynsi Polanco, 360-918-7844.



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