Janus Youth Programs
For nearly 50 years since being founded by three Portland women, Janus has become one of the most diverse nonprofits in the Northwest helping children, youth and young families experiencing homelessness, abuse, discrimination, domestic violence and the lack of access to educational opportunities. Over 6,000 diverse individuals receive help yearly, 200 youth are sheltered nightly and 400 children and youth participate in programs daily.
Our residential and re-entry programs, including one for LGBTQ youth, provide youth with the skills and normalizing experiences to build successful, independent lives. Our homeless youth programs provide nightly street outreach, short and long-term shelters and transitional and independent living services. Our young parent program provides child development screenings and trainings, housing assistance and help for moms experiencing intimate partner violence. Our scholarship program opens the door to higher education for youth in our programs to earn college degrees.
Bottom Line for Portland
When you give to Janus, your donation goes directly to helping 6,000 children, youth and families by providing first-aid and hygiene supplies for our nightly street outreach program, ensuring young moms and their infants and toddlers have access to medical and mental services, providing safe and secure housing for at-risk youth and families and filling our supply closets with baby formula, diapers and warm winter clothing for youth and families who became homeless because of the pandemic.
From the streets to jail to losing her son, a youth in one of our programs was driven by the motto, “never give up.” Today Annie has a college degree, a management level job, a home and her son son back living with her. She never gave up on herself and Janus never gave up on her. Join us and help other youth to “NEVER GIVE UP.”
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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.
On Big Give Day 1 – Nov. 4: all donors who give $25 will be entered in a raffle to win 2 tickets to the Portland Symphony.
On Big Give Day 2 – Nov. 10: all donors will be entered in a raffle to win 2 tickets to Japanese Gardens.
On Big Give Day 3 – Nov. 18: all donors will be entered in a raffle for to win 2 tickets to Portland Center Stage.
On Big Give Day 4 – Nov. 24: the first 50 donors who give $25 will be entered in a raffle for ten $50 Killer Burger gift cards.
On Big Give Day 5 – Nov. 30, Giving Tuesday: the first 25 donors who give $150 will be entered in a raffle to win a $250 REI gift certificate.
On Big Give Day 6 – Dec. 8: the first 25 donors who give $25 will be entered in a raffle for a wine tasting at ArborBrook Vineyards for 2.
On Big Give Day 7 – Dec. 16: the first 50 donors who give $175 will be entered in a raffle to win a $250 REI gift certificate.
On Big Give Day 9 – Dec. 30: the first 20 donors who give $500 will be entered in a raffle to win a One night stay in a Junior Suite at the Benson Hotel and a gift card to St. Jack restaurant.
NW Natural will match up to $10,000 by donating on the following days:
Big Give Day 1 – Nov. 4: each $25 gift made by a person 35 and under will be matched up to $3,000.
Big Give Day 2 – Nov. 10: each $50 gift will be matched up to $2,000.
Big Give Day 3 – Nov. 18: each $100 gift will be matched up to $2,000.
Big Give Day 8 – Dec. 22: the first 12 gifts of $250 will be matched.