We change the lives of 6,000 youth every year through our 40 programs in Oregon and Washington.
Youth who have runaway or are homeless. Youth who have been trafficked for sex. Teen parents and youth living in low-income neighborhoods.
When you provide youth opportunities to build successful futures, our entire community benefits. Help be part of their success.
Intimate Partner Violence. It is not a phrase that some of us know, yet many of our youth are at high risk for experiencing it in their lives. Insights Teen Parent Services—one of Janus’ Programs—supports young moms who have or are currently experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). Says Heather Baeckel, Insights Program Supervisor, “Warning signs can look different for young parents. They often describe their intimate relationships differently than adults. Our staff are trained in recognizing the signs of IPV and know how to respond to young moms on topics of healthy, safe relationships. Each mom is assigned a Home Visiting staff who provides them with individualized, strengths-based services.”
Once upon a time, in a land far away
There was a village of compassionate people who gave a troubled little seed a place to grow and stay.
At once, the seed who didn’t know what to say
Became angry and sad, so he pushed people away.
“Stay away” he cried.
“I am a monster, a monster. No one can help me, for many have tried.”
But the village of people never once swayed nor fret
For they wished to instill in him values in which they had set.
Ashlee came to Janus Youth Programs as a homeless 17-year-old when her step-father told her that she had to leave the cramped house where she lived with her mother, siblings and grandmother in Portland. Her journey after leaving her family was not easy. She couch surfed, lived on the streets and under bridges, was addicted to drugs and alcohol and abused by boyfriends. Despite setbacks and obstacles, Ashlee was determined to change the course of her life. Now at age 22, she and her two-year old son, Dubhlainn, live together in an apartment where she is creating a more stable future for both of them.