MISSION, VISION, & VALUES
Since 1976, Northwest Youth Services has been the doorway to safety and the pathway to progress for thousands of young lives. Much has changed in our communities during those years. What has not changed is our commitment to supporting the uniqueness of each youth served.
On July 26, 2021, the Board of Northwest Youth Services adopted a new mission statement to drive our work, revised core values to anchor our actions, and an updated vision statement that centers young people in the creation of a just and liberated society. We are excited to continue to push ourselves and our community to fulfill these calls to action.
At Northwest Youth Services, we affirm youth experience and autonomy, as we work together to foster collective healing and justice, in order to dismantle the systems of oppression that perpetuate youth homelessness.
Guided by our core values and commitment to becoming an Anti-Racist organization, Northwest Youth Services envisions a community in which all young people are seen as catalysts in creating a just and liberated society that supports each of our unique journeys through life.
Community - We promote interdependence and recognize that everybody needs a community to thrive. We know that we are stronger together.
Justice & Liberation - We believe that it is critical to acknowledge, name, and actively work to dismantle the historic systems and societal structures that fuel crisis and poverty.
Humanity - We work with respect and compassion for each other and believe that everyone deserves to belong: to be safe, heard, and valued.
Accountability - We believe that no one is done learning; as a community we hold each other to a high standard, and work to educate, grow and heal together.
Racism is real.
Not just in the systems and structures that have formed our communities, but in our everyday lives.
We stand with George Floyd. We stand with Breonna Taylor. We stand with Ahmaud Arbery. We stand with Sean Reed. We stand with Tony McDade. We stand with every BIPOC who has lost their life as a result of racism and bigotry.
We stand with everyone across this country who is standing up to say 'enough is enough.'
We stand with our staff of color. We stand with our youth of color. We stand against racism in our organization, in our community, and in our country.
Today, we collectively pledge to do more.
Coast Salish Land Acknowledgement
We acknowledge that we live, work, and gather on unceded land stolen from the Swinomish, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Upper Skagit, Lower Skagit, Lummi, Nooksack, Semiahmoo, Nuawhaha and Stillaguamish tribes and peoples of the Coast Salish Sea.
We ask that you join us in honoring these communities, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations, whose culture and identity has been eroded for profit.
We ask that you join us in understanding how each of us has knowingly or unknowingly benefited from the effects of the traumatic dilution of their languages, traditions, beliefs, and customs.
We ask that we all take a moment to recognize that more than 5,000 Indigenous women and girls go missing each year, and how the systemic ignorance to these tragedies continues to decimate the future of nations existing on this land long before recorded time.
Today, and every day, we acknowledge that the ground we stand upon is sacred, and we commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we are privileged to inhabit.
Northwest Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity employer. Employment is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Alumni of foster care and those who have experienced youth homelessness are encouraged to apply.
Services are provided to youth meeting eligibility requirements directed by program funding. Program participants have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and receive services which do not discriminate and are sensitive to youth race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disabilities, political ideology, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.