About the House
The Clark County Youth House is a youth empowerment center developed by the Clark County Department of Community Services. The Youth House foundation is built on the framework of the 40 Developmental Assets developed by the Search Institute in Minneapolis, MN. It found that the more assets young people have, the more likely they are to be healthy and productive. The Youth House programs strive to increase the number of assets among each young person involved.
Programs within the house include:
- Clark County Youth Commission
- STASHA Peer Education Program
- Safe Communities Task Force
- West-Van for Youth Prevention Coalition
- Options: Columbia River Mental Health
Having a central location with an absence of stigma is crucial to the proven outcomes of the programs existing within the house. When people come to the door, there is no preconceived idea of why they may be doing so, as opposed to walking into a mental health facility or walking in to an office building surrounded by adults who aren’t trained to work with youth. The environment of the house is safe, inclusive, and most importantly, youth-focused.
DeDe Sieler, Program Manager