To empower youth, engage families, and encourage communities to create healthy futures for Alaskas youth and families.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Juneau Youth Services (JYS) has a long history of providing services to runaway and homeless youth, and to youth with mental health and substance abuse problems. We began providing services in 1961 as the Juneau Receiving Home in a home near Norway Point. The home was lost when the State of Alaska acquired the property in the early 1960s for construction of Egan Drive.
Subsequently, the City worked with us to secure another location, and we have been providing services continuously ever since. The name of our organization was changed to Juneau Youth Services in 1986.
We now have multiple programs and facilities to address the needs of Juneaus youth. We have evolved over time to become an agency that provides mental health and substance abuse services to high-needs youth and their families. Our current services include: a transitional living program; long-term residential programs; and community-based programs. We served over 300 separate youth in our programs in 2019.
JYS provides an array of services to youth with mental health and substance-use disorders. We serve children and youth ages 3 to 22 and provide the following services:
o Black Bear Transitional Living Apartments: 9 beds for youth ages 18-22
Long-Term Residential Programs
• Lighthouse: 15-bed program for girls ages 12-18 with severe emotional disorders
• Montana Creek: 15-bed program for boys ages 12-18 with mental health and substance abuse problems
• Assessment Center
• Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program
• Family Outpatient Program
• School-based Services
o Early Childhood Support (ECS) Services
o Mental Health Programs at all elementary and middle schools
o Suicide Prevention (middle and high schools) and Teen Health Center Services (high schools)
Through Pick. Click. Give. JYS has helped young people finish their education, find long-term housing, re-unite with their families, attend the Pillars of America lectures, participate in Celebration, learn to dance, enter foot races, go swimming, stop smoking, and so much more. These kids are stronger and more resilient not only because of the financial assistance through the Pick. Click. Give program, but because the young people know that there are people who care about them.