Our Mission and Vision​​

JOY Baltimore's primary mission is to provide vulnerable children safety, support, and stability while we strive to put an end to youth homelessness.
Our vision is to protect and serve all youth in all environments regardless of their race, sex, sexuality and religion. Meeting each unique youth where they are in their lives and assisting them in expanding to become more productive in today's society defeating the odds one youth at a time.
  
 JOY wishes to eliminate to economic barriers faced by homeless youth within our city. Baltimore City has approximately 2,700 homeless, displaced and runaway youth, but this number can be higher. They often are not able to gain employment because of their lack of housing, vital records or Maryland identification. Many of these youth end up sleeping on the streets, “couch surfing”, or falling victim to drugs, prostitution and sex trafficking. This problem is significant because many of these youth end up on drugs, committing crimes, incarcerated, or dead on the streets. They are also faced with constant police harassment and abuse which was made prevalent during the 2015 Baltimore riots.

JOY addresses the lack of adequate, sustainable housing, educational and workforce opportunities for Baltimore’s youth. Through outreach, education and resources,  JOY's goal is to break and conquer this never-ending cycle of poverty while teaching youth how to be sustainable within their own community and help bring a new economic revival to this area.
Baltimore 2017