New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, our programs and services have impacted more than 20,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential. From supporting basic needs like meals and counseling to providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing, we meet youth where they are—and help them get where they want to go.

Our complete approach to addressing youth homelessness includes the following (please click to learn more):

Drop-In Day Services

Meals, showers, laundry, respite from the streets, engagement activities, and legal counsel

Individualized Wraparound Supports

Setting and achieving goals and connecting to services and resources


Alternative high school education, GED prep, and college connection

Job Training and Employment

Work readiness, skill development, and job placement

Social Purpose Enterprise

Mentored work experience at two Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShops, screen-printing business New Avenues INK, and apparel company dfrntpigeon

Supportive Housing

On-site, community-based, and population-specific (LGBTQ youth, youth in foster care)


Drug and alcohol recovery and mental-health supports


Support for youth transitioning from foster care into adulthood

Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)

Culturally specific support for LGBTQ youth and Bridge 13 community education, which helps create safer spaces for queer and trans* people of all ages

East Multnomah County Expansion

Outreach to and wraparound supports for youth experiencing housing instability and homelessness; programming for LGBTQ youth, youth in foster care, and youth involved in sex trafficking, delivered from various sites including the Youth Opportunity Center, our new service hub in the region