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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Special Education, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Youthnet's mission is to provide caring and supportive educational and social services to youth and families to help them attain a productive and successful life. Founded in 1969, the agency has grown from a single group home to multiple programs across five counties in northwest washington. The agency specializes in meeting the needs of underserved at-risk youth and families. Youthnet's primary programs focus on foster care, alternative high school education, independent living skills training and parenting education. All of youthnet's programs promote the development of client confidence and competence to promote personal resilience and self-sufficiency. Youthnet utilizes evidence based practices and the effectiveness of youthnet's approach has been independently evaluated as effective in achieving results. The agency has been has received repeated recognition for its outstanding services.

Programs: Youthnet provides a secondary education program (emerson high school) that is an alternative to conventional public high school. Emerson serves students from multiple school districts. The program serves a significant number of youth at-risk of school failure due to homelessness, poverty, pregnancy, family violence, substance abuse, mental health, or other issues. Were it not for the program, many of the students would never be able to complete high school. It provides personalized instruction, comprehensive student support services, engagement to school and community through social, recreational and service learning activities. It places a strong emphasis on development of self-sufficiency and independent living skills. Students receive a regular diploma from their home district and the majority continue on to post-secondary college education.

youthnet provides independent and transitional living skills training/services to youth who are currently in or have been in foster care. They receive one-on-one independent living skills training and case management services at no cost to them. All clients have individualized plans based on an assessment. Youth receive hands-on training in self-sufficiency skills such as obtaining housing, creating and managing a budget, career and education planning, engaging in safe and healthy relationships, and securing employment. While the primary goal is safe housing and financial literacy (in an effort to decrease homelessness and dependence on public resources), these youth will also be connected to service learning opportunities and receive assistance in the application process for post-secondary or vocational training. Youthnet provides foster care licensing services and develops/supervises foster homes. It exercises exceptional diligence in both the licensing and supervision of homes - "we are creating families, not just placing children". Annually, a significant number (50%) of children in youthnet foster homes are adopted by their foster parents. Children in youthnet foster homes receive long-term case management support and mentoring. Foster parents are supported through ongoing 24/7 hour case management, training and respite care.

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