When I first met Dakota, he was sitting at a grocery deli cafeteria talking with two outreach workers from Auburn Youth Resources. I didn’t think much of it at first until I couldn’t help but pay attention to what he said about having items confiscated from him by Kent police officers. Through him I met other homeless youth who told similar stories of being profiled and harassed by police who told youth that it was by order of Suzette Cooke they were getting trespassed out of public parks and local libraries right before the Cornucopia Days celebration.

Auburn Youth Resources serves South King County and the work they do is tremendous yet they can’t do it all alone. They need the support of the communities they serve and Dakota is a prime example of the good work they do. Thank you AYR, the work you do saves lives!