• 1 in 3 runaways will be forced to perform a sexual act against their will
  • up to 22% of homeless girls are pregnant or parenting
  • ​40% of homeless youth identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender
  • 1 in 4 gay youth becomes homeless the day they come out to their family
  • 32% of homeless youth have attepted suicide 

Sources: 1. National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2014; 2. National Conference of State Legislatures, 2013; 3. National LGBTQ Task Force, 2011

people you should know

changing lives, inspiring hope

Our youth outreach team met Tiffany in the summer of 2014 on the streets of Oklahoma City. She was 7 months pregnant with her second child and was actively using substances.  Outreach workers were able to connect Tiffany with much needed treatment and support services.  She is now clean and sober, living 


The Homeless Youth Alliance is a coalition of service providers working together to address the needs of homeless and at risk youth in Oklahoma City by coordinating comprehensive housing and support services.  In addition to a number of non-profit providers, state agencies and local governmental entities participate to develop strategies for youth and young adults that have had involvement in multiple systems; working to ensure continuity of services that meet the unique needs of these vulnerable young adults.

Homeless Youth Alliance meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 11:30am in the training room of the Oklahoma City Day Shelter.  

Be The Change has taught me it's all about progress, not perfection.  With them, I have found a new way of life as a mother and recovering addict.

Tiffany Smith

YES is a place where youth can identify with peers and express themselves without fear of ridicule and harassment. Affirming relationships are made with peers and adults fostering positive growth and development.  YES offers activities including workshops,music and arts programs, educational speakers, leadership activities and time to develop new skills and creativity in a fun positive atmosphere.


be the change

Ground Floor provides resources to meet the immediate needs of the youth we serve, including hot meals , a food pantry, hygiene supplies, access to clothing and laundry facilities as well as computer use.  The center also provides opportunities for development and leadership through a number of different activities including employment/job skills training, on-site mental health and substance abuse services, educational support. independent living skills activities, community integrated recreational and leisure activities, art and music programs, and safe sex and healthy relationship education.

independently and is gainfully employed.  She has become the agent of change for her entire family; working to support her parents and sister, all of whom struggle with addiction and homelessness.  She is truly an inspiration!
Youth Services
From Youth Equality Services to Street  Outreach to the Ground Floor Homeless Youth Resource Center, Be The Change provides comprehensive support services to Oklahoma City's marginalized and vulnerable young people.

what can I do to helP?

There are lots of ways you can join Be The Change in changing the lives of young people in our city:

  • VOLUNTEER! The young people we work with need to develop  connections with healthy adults and other youth in their community.  Click here to find out more.

  • DONATE!  We are always in need of items to meet the immediate needs of the youth we serve.  Socks, underwear and hygiene items are welcomed, and you can always make a tax deductible financial contribution.  Click here to get connected.


Emerging adults today face unique challenges as they work to find their place in the world. They are developing a sense of identity and may be struggling with self acceptance.  Navigating healthy relationships can be particularly difficult for transition age youth, and many young people face these challenges with little or no support from their families.  Young people may experience homelessness as they run from abusive and neglectful homes or have been asked to leave an intolerant and unaccepting one. Be The Change offers a continuum of services to support homeless and marginalized young people.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

Ground Floor is a resource center for homeless and at risk young people ages 14 to 24. It is a safe space where youth can relax, eat a hot meal and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. Be The Change provides case management support and partner agencies are on hand to link guests with needed supports and services.. 

Youth Equality Services (YES) is a youth-lead, adult-supported group that provides community support to LGBT and marginalized youth ages 13 to 20. YES provides a safe, affirming, alcohol/drug free environment and models positive adult behaviors to foster healthy development in our youth.