We Believe in Second Chances
Many Janus programs are regarded as best practice models and have been replicated both in and out of the United States
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.
Janus Youth Programs creates paths to success by partnering with
youth, families and the community.
A vibrant community where every child, youth, and family
has a safe place to live, prosper and achieve the life they envision.
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.
We encourage creativity, innovation and risk-taking to respond to the rapidly changing needs of children, families and community.
We actively build partnerships to strengthen community planning, advocacy and delivery of services to children, youth and families.
We share a common humanity and we work to affirm the individual uniqueness, worth and capability of each child, family, staff and volunteer.
We strive to create a safe, nurturing environment which promotes trust, honesty, direct communication and personal/professional growth.
We work constantly to improve the quality of everything we do in order to be responsible stewards of community resources.
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 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.
- 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
- 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