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Since originating in 1972 as a Multnomah County demonstration project providing residential care for adolescents struggling with homelessness and drug abuse, Janus Youth Programs has provided a second chance for at-risk youth with few resources and no place to turn for help.

Today, we have grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest operating more than 20 different programs that span Oregon and Southwest Washington. An organizational philosophy grounded in collaboration defines who we are and everything we do.


Hear from Our Youth

Our Mission

Janus Youth Programs creates paths to success by partnering with
youth, families and the community.

Our Vision

A vibrant community where every child, youth, and family
has a safe place to live, prosper and achieve the life they envision.

Families

We believe every child deserves a family or support network which can provide safety, nurturance, a sense of belonging, teaching and guidance and connection to the larger world. 

Creativity

We encourage creativity, innovation and risk-taking to respond to the rapidly changing needs of children, families and community. 

Partnership

We actively build partnerships to strengthen community planning, advocacy and delivery of services to children, youth and families. 

Respect

We share a common humanity and we work to affirm the individual uniqueness, worth and capability of each child, family, staff and volunteer.

Environment

We strive to create a safe, nurturing environment which promotes trust, honesty, direct communication and personal/professional growth. 

Quality

We work constantly to improve the quality of everything we do in order to be responsible stewards of community resources. 

Diversity

We celebrate the richness created by a variety of cultures, beliefs and life experiences.

Janus Youth Programs is invested in advancing equitable services for all children, youth and families and for all staff. We recognize both advocacy and education about equity is important for the success of marginalized communities. Collaborations with the communities we work with informs our lens.

Janus Diversity Committee Vision Statement

Janus Youth programs is invested in advancing equitable services for all children, youth and families. We recognize both advocacy and education about equity is important for the success of marginalized communities. Collaborations with the communities we work with inform our lens.

  • Demonstrating Respect in our daily interactions by using appropriate language that affirms the individual uniqueness, worth, and capability of each child, family, staff and volunteer and by creation of welcoming/supportive environments for youth and staff
  • Honoring the Dignity of each individual by meeting people where they are at
  • Building a Culture of Accountability which encourages and supports both personal and professional responsibility of staff to constantly increase their personal awareness of issues of oppression. We strive to create a safe, nurturing environment which promotes trust, honesty, direct communication, and personal/professional growth. Both staff and youth are encouraged to “speak out” and “speak up” when someone’s identity is overlooked or devalued in any way
  • Providing services and support that are individualized to the unique needs of each youth and staff
  • Providing learning experiences for youth through both in-house and community
    experiences that highlight and celebrate all differences (race, culture, gender identity, class)
  • We actively seek out input from youth and staff about areas of success and areas we need to focus on for continued growth and improvement
  • Providing ongoing training for staff in the areas of race, culture, gender identity