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.


Northwest Youth Services collaborates with at-risk, runaway and homeless youth to foster self-reliance.


Our vision is that all young people have a place to belong: to be safe, heard, and valued.

Philosophy of Service

  • We believe that all children and youth deserve a safe, nurturing environment.

  • We believe that adolescence is an important time of transition, and that youth need and deserve compassion, encouragement, and support.

  • We believe that children and youth should be recognized and valued as a vital part of our community.

  • We believe change is needed within society to create a safe and healthy environment for children and youth.


Core Values

  • Youth Centered – We put the needs of children and youth first.

  • Potential for Change – We believe in the potential for all people to grow and change, and provide opportunities and tools to facilitate that process.

  • Advocacy – We advocate for the interests of children and youth within their families and communities.

  • Empowerment – We honor the unique process of each individual and family to meet their challenges and make their own choices for creating health and well-being.

  • Family Oriented – We understand that each individual exists within the context of a family, and we work holistically to foster healthy relationships.

  • Strength-based Approach – We meet people “where they’re at”, listen with compassion, honor differences, and build on strengths.

  • Diversity – We believe that all individuals are important and deserve quality services, and we strive to provide an environment that actively embraces diversity and differences.

  • Innovative – We look for innovative solutions and take initiative to provide and promote quality services.


108 Prospect Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 734-9862

2021 E College Way Suite 216

Mount Vernon, WA 98273

(360) 336-1988

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