Youth & Family Services

Youth & Family Services works with youth ages 12-19 and their families through a variety of helpful programs in Hood River County. 

Help is tailored to each individual and family and can include counseling, support groups, violence and anger prevention training, life skills groups, parenting classes, and connections to helpful resources in the community. Check out our Executive Director’s blog posts about Youth and Family Services.

Girls Inspiration Circle took a trip to Paulina Springs

Leaders for Tomorrow gives high school students face-to-face contact with community, government and business leaders to better understand the challenges we must address as a community and the necessity of working together. The program motivates our young people to take an active role in creating their future and provides opportunities for them to become directly involved. 

Leaders for Tomorrow graduates become community leaders and business owners. High school sophomores in Hood River and The Dalles are encouraged to apply. For more about Leaders for Tomorrow, see our Executive Director’s blog .

Mentor For Success joined The Next Door in November 2012. Mentor For Success provides caring adult mentors for struggling youth aged 14 and up in Wasco and Hood River Counties, particularly those in foster care or facing great challenges.. 

Started in 2011, the program prepares young people for the challenges of being on their own by providing a strong role model, a trusting relationship with an adult, and greater connections to the community. 

To volunteer as a mentor, contact Christy Stenberg at 541.399.4437 or

The Next Door has a long history of working with foster teens toward independence. When teenagers in foster care turn 18, they are released from the care of the state and must quickly learn to live on their own.

The Independent Living Program helps youth in Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties through this transition. Starting as young as age 14, we help foster youth identify their needs and learn how to become independent adults. See our Executive Director’s blog posts about the Independent Living Program.