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, connections to helpful resources in the community and Teen Court. Check out our Executive Director’s blog posts about Youth and Family Services.
Health Media Clubs in Hood River Middle and High Schools engage students in learning to design effective media projects (t-shirts, posters, PoCards). As they design the projects, they are learning about the impact of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, which makes them more likely to make good choices.
CGN-7 produced this five minute video about Health Media Clubs.
Our Teen Court program allows first-time juvenile offenders to stand before a trained jury composed of a combination of teens who have gone through Teen Court, and teens who volunteer for the court. Local attorneys volunteer to serve as judges. Youth who participate in Teen Court are half as likely to commit a new offense as youth who go through the juvenile justice system.
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 are encouraged to submit an application. Read our email newsletter about Leaders for Tomorrow to find out more, and see our Executive Director’s blog for to learn even more.
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, call Bonnie New, 541-490-9919