History

HEY was started by United Way of the Bay Area in 1999 as a community-based, collaborative response to the challenges facing youth who emancipate, or age out, of the foster care system.

Originally our work was mainly focused on advocating for the housing needs of these youth, in fact, we were originally called Housing for Emancipated Youth but since then we have recognized the network of support necessary for youth and young adults to become self sufficient.  Our work has now grown to include advocacy for education, health, employment and housing.

To accomplish our mission, our approach has always been one of partnership and collaboration.

By harnessing our collective strengths, HEY has the unique capacity to increase awareness of the ongoing needs of foster youth and to advocate on their behalf, ultimately making a greater policy impact than any single agency could achieve on its own.

Click here for a list of HEY’s past accomplishments.


Honoring Emancipated Youth
at United Way of the Bay Area

221 Main Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Office: 415-808-4284

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