Street Youth Ministry of Austin exists to know, love and serve street-dependent youth. The first step of our mission is to notice street youth. Then we must understand their culture to know how to love and serve them. SYM spends time every day with more than 100 young adults. We provide basic services, counseling, referral to services, and Christian guidance counseling. It it a privilege to know these young people.
GuideStar is a publicly funded organization that promotes transparency by 501(c)(3) nonprofits and rates them according to how they perform. Since we obtained our 501(c)(3) designation in 2013, Street Youth Ministry has steadily improved its rating, starting at the Bronze level, then in 2015 moving to Gold, the highest level. This year, GuideStar introduced a higher level, Platinum, that requires nonprofits to track key statistics that help potential donors evaluate their impact. SYM achieved the designation.