"Hope begins with a personal touch!"
The Trail Youth is a non-profit organization seeking to build bridges between youth and the many resources available. The Trail Youth aims to help youth, ages 13-19, by promoting stable, nurturing relationships with mentors and promoting a safe environment for students through a youth coffee shop. We desire to see a strong, integrated community that values every child and contributes to their success.
The Trail Youth’s program is designed after the life coaching system. Our focus is on the future, while addressing the past and meeting the needs of the present. Our goal is to be a trusted community safe place that is known for empowering youth. Safety leads to connection, which leads to learning.
Coffee and Donuts
In 2013, two worlds collided. Josh and Kristen Zuray, Tonya Guinn and Wendy Laxton were introduced to a group of homeless young adults on the Rainier Trail in Issaquah. Drugs and prostitution was the norm on the trail. Seeing the words worthless and societies’ trash, we were determined to change the self view to one of value and worth. In order to build relationships and to offer hope, they brought doughnuts and specialty coffee down to the trail. Word soon spread to the middle school and high school about free doughnuts and coffee. After a few years of having a positive presence, the trail became cleaner with less drug paraphernalia and safer for families and young kids to walk down.
In 2014, Trail Youth became a 501c3 non-profit. A few years later, Trail Youth was asked to come to the Snoqualmie Trail. The demographics this time was teens, 13-19, who faced several different challenges ranging from suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, couch surfing, drugs, and others. TY realized that they needed to provide a safe place in which ALL youth felt valued and loved regardless of their background. In 2017, Trail Youth received a grant from Best Starts for Kids which made their dreams of having a coffee home for kids became a reality. Several months later, Trail Youth was the recipient of Mike Rowe’s facebook show, Returning the Favor. In two weeks time, through the help of local contractors, the show was able to renovate a space for the new Coffee Home.
Trail Youth Coffee Home’s
Our Mission is to remove negative labels so that teens can reach their full potential. We provide mentorship, barista training, and leadership development, and outreach. We are always looking for new trails to expand our message of value and hope.
"We remove labels and restore value to all who enter our doors!"