On any given night there are at least 300-400 teens living on the streets in the Sacramento area and thousands more in crisis just one step away. For more than 37 years, Diogenes Youth Services has cared for these runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. Our agency started in 1969 as a counseling and crisis intervention center and has grown to become one of the only local non-profit agencies offering free comprehensive services focused primarily on 12 to 17 year-olds.
Diogenes is committed to improving both individual lives and the community we live in. Our philosophy is not to "rescue" troubled teens, but actively involve them in the process of solving their problems and conflicts, so that they will become responsible, contributing members of society. We have been recognized over the years by many organizations, including the County Board of Supervisors, for our effectiveness.
Diogenes was a philosopher in ancient Greece, known as the first youth advocate, who gave up his possessions and, lantern in hand, went in search of truth, honesty and self enlightenment.
Diogenes has partnered with Wind Youth Services to provide additional resources to the community, click the image beloe to view Wind Youth Serveices website.