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, hygiene, respite from the streets, engagement activities, and legal counsel

Case Management

Setting goals and connecting to services


GED test prep, college prep, and re-engagement with learning

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, alcohol, and mental health


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 focused on LGBTQ equity

East Connect

Outreach to and services for younger youth at program sites in East Multnomah County, including the New Avenues Youth Opportunity Center (located on the Rockwood Boys & Girls Club campus)