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About Us

Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) meets the urgent needs of at-risk youth and their families in Washington, DC. We believe that young people and families already possess the strengths and abilities necessary to solve their problems and improve their lives. A person who believes he can change and who can envision a different life can make that desire real.

SBY provides help wherever it’s needed—on the street, in its shelters, or at the homes of young people and families who are struggling. Serving DC’s poorest communities, where institutions and systems are broken and young people and their families are struggling to overcome obstacles, SBY uses proven youth development practices to help young people find new ways of surviving, thriving, and realizing success. With more than 30 years of experience meeting the ever-changing needs of DC’s youth and families with innovative programs, we are always willing to listen and ready to help.

About Us

The National Network for Youth has been serving the youth of America for more than 30 years by championing the needs of runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth. We do this through advocacy, innovation and services. Our reach is extended through our member organizations, allowing us to be in numerous communities throughout the country as we create a neighborhood of support for the next generation.

Our members are community-based organizations along with their neighborhood youth, adults, associations, and regional and state networks of youth workers. These builders of the future provide street-based services, emergency shelter, transitional living programs, counseling, and social, health, educational and job-related services to over 2.5 million youth each year.

The National Network is committed to ensuring that opportunities for growth and development be available to our neighbors everywhere. The youth we work with face greater odds due to abuse and neglect, homelessness, lack of resources, community prejudice, differing abilities and other life challenges.


National Network for Youth envisions a world where vulnerable youth have a safety net everywhere they turn — therefore creating positive and strong communities one youth at a time.

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About Code Blue

“Approximately 2.8 million youths run away from their homes each year.” (Greene J., Ringwalt, Kelly, Iachan, & Cohen, 1995)

“13 teens die every day on the street from abuse, drugs or suicide.” (Stand Up for Kids, 2008)

“An estimated 16,859 to 27,600 runaway and homeless youth in the United States are currently HIV positive.” – (Rotheram-Borus, Song, Gwadz, Lee, Van Rossem & Koopman, 2004)

Jermaine’s research for the role led him to an astonishing reality, a reality he could not ignore…the problem of teenage homelessness. Jermaine says, “Teenage homelessness” inspires you to really do something. You wanna make a change any way you can. I know for a fact that if half of the people who label the kids “troublesome” extended a hand, they could have a positive impact on the kids’ lives.” So, he’s doing something to help the real Dukies of America.

Jermaine created CODE BLUE: reviving a generationCODE BLUE is a campaign that was created to bring awareness of – and to fight against those issues that threaten youth. The color blue stands for the collective theme of youth, empowerment, spirituality, loyalty and, change. Jermaine feels this is what our youth need.CODE BLUE will be a united voice to bring about change to empower and inspire our youth spiritually, physically and, emotionally. CODE BLUE can save the next generation…the next generation of politicians, professionals and community activists.

CODE BLUE how join forces with some of Hollywood’s best known teen actors and actresses to produce a PSA via the internet to raise monies and bring awareness to teenage homelessness in America.

CODE BLUE is also producing a one-hour television documentary focusing on homeless teens entitled TEENAGE AND HOMELESS IN AMERICA -“CHANGE IS GONNA COME.”

About the Founder

Television and film critics have heralded him one of the most gripping young actors on the scene. Jermaine Crawford’s talent and abilities as an actor has not only earned the respect and acclaim from his peers and fans…but simply have critics in awe.

Best known for his starring role on the critically acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire,” Jermaine brilliantly plays Duquan “Dukie” Weems on the weekly drama that many consider one of the best shows on television. He magically brings to life the complex, urban-laced troubles of an inner-city teenager struggling to survive and stay afloat in the callous Baltimore streets.

In April 09 Jermaine was accepted as a Youth Ambassador for “America’s Promise”, created by, General Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell. An advocacy group created to change the outcome of children.

Jermaine recently completed his motion picture debut entitled “Twelve” directed by Joel Schumacher , to be released 2010.

His professional experience also includes a variety of prominent theatrical roles including, “Children of Eden” (Ford Theatre as directed by David Bell); “Carousel”, “Miracle Worker” (Olney Theatre, as directed by Bill Pasquanti); and, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” (at the historic Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, as directed by Mark Lamos). Additionally, Jermaine is known for his electrifying singing & dancing, and has already won several regional competitions throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Jermaine remains committed to his community and continues to uplift and elevate others through various community outreach efforts.

Their Stories | Code Blue Campaign: Reviving a Generation

Derek’s Story, 18

“She used the money she received on drugs while she was supposed to used it on her medicine”

Derek was first put into the system because of his mother’s battle with schizophrenia in which it caused her to randomly abuse him. The state placed Derek with family members, but they also suffered from mental problems. Living in the projects he eventually sold and used drugs. When his mother recovered, he moved back in with her. However, her schizophrenia prevented her from keeping a job; she would use her disability checks to buy drugs rather than her medicine. As she continued using drugs, 14-year old Derek found the only way to take care of himself was to sale drugs.

In spite of all this, Derek found an escape: art and fashion design. Drawing the images that he imagined became his way of releasing all of the pain he felt. With every drawing the pain from his past goes away…a little. So, even though he’s been taking care of himself ever since he could remember, he still never gives up hope on his dream of becoming the next big fashion designer. But how will he do it and who will be there to help him? Derek has hope but he will also need some help!


Vincent’s Story, 17

“I was hurting and she sells her baby boys pain killers for that white”

With a mother who was strung out on crack-cocaine and a father who died in a drive by, 8 year-old Vincent found himself with no money, no clean clothes, no home and, more importantly no one to call on. The only family Vincent had was an older cousin who eventually introduced him to the drug game. Selling drugs and stealing “Yu-Yu’s” (SUV trucks) and walking around with guns were the only way he knew to get what he wanted and to protect himself. He cooked as well as dealt crack, he smoked weed and the “dipper” (marijuana dipped in chemicals).

But one day, Vincent tried to steal a car, the owner shot at him and he ran but was hit head-on by a speeding car. If not for life-saving surgery, he would have died. While in recovery he lived with his mother; but she would sell all of his painkillers just for a quick fix. “I was hurting,” said Vincent, “and she sells her baby boys pain killers for that “white” (cocaine)”. Vincent is 16 now, and he shows a foot long scar in the middle of his stomach, “the scar that saved my life” he says. The scar reminds Vincent that he was going nowhere fast and he would have died. Now, he has a new passion, a passion that reminds him there is a world beyond the streets that trap him. His new passion is to drive trucks and to see the world. Traveling is a mental escape for Vincent: with his Mom incarcerated, he is literally on his own. When asked if he was open to guidance and instruction to help him better himself in life his reply was, “I would do anything to get out of the streets.”


Stewart’s Story, 19

“There is nothing anybody else can do to me that my parents haven’t already done.”

Mentally and physically abused by his mother’s boyfriend, Stewart became what he calls “numb to emotion”. His stepfather would constantly burn him with cigarettes and make him stand in a corner for hours. Stewart was beaten over and over whenever he made mistakes. He would have to hold his hand out and get 25 lashes from the boyfriend, and, if he moved there he’d get 10 more. Steward sold drugs to survive, but he states, “Selling drugs ain’t nothing to glorify; there was times I was selling drugs and feared for my life.” But many times his mother’s boyfriend would steal his money to buy alcohol. Stewart finally got tired of the abuse and ran away with his little brother. They stayed in an abandoned apartment where they tried to stay safe by stacking cans in front of the door so that if someone broke in they would hear them and jump out of the window to climb down a fire escape.

Stewart escapes his pain through his music. His lyrics allow him to escape his reality; he hopes to be a professional rapper so that he can share his talent and his life stories with the world. “The only time I get tears in my eyes is when I tell my story.” He is also seeing a physiatrist due to the impact of the abuse he has suffered.