Joliesse Carmona Perez on stage giving speech with scholarship check immediately after she was announced as the Portland Metro Youth of the Year by judges on stage behind her..

Joliesse Carmona-Perez Announced as 2020 Portland Metro Youth of the Year

The Agenda for America's Youth is our mean to close the opportunity gap for kids and teens. It focuses on ploicy solutions that prioritize: out of school time, safer childhoods, health and wellness, education, workforce readiness, and equity and inclusion.

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Summer in the Clubs 2019


Back to School: Donation Drives 2019

Kevin Lai, Wattles Club volunteer

Discovering your Calling through Volunteering

Mena Dodios: Volunteer Extraordinaire, Game Enthusiast, Empowerer of Youth

Be Great Ball Raises over $610,000 to support Youth Dreams

Five children sit, listen to music, and meditate in the Regence Club Peace Room

Supporting Mental Health in Children

Youth need support.

Across our state and nation, we know that children and teens are struggling with stress and mental health concerns. High rates of youth suicide, homelessness, poverty, and food insecurity, coupled with low access to mental health services, puts our youth in dire need of support.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro, we don’t just provide supportive programming for academics, healthy lives, and career readiness. We also have dedicated Youth and Family Services staff at each Club, who support young people’s social emotional wellness, mental health, and other basic needs. A commitment to equity and trauma-informed care underlies all our efforts.

In order for youth to reach their full potential, they need our full support, which is why the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro is committed to:

  • Breaking down barriers to accessing mental health care through community partnerships and in-Club counseling.
  • Creating caring relationships with adult mentors to build resilience.
  • Prioritizing social emotional skill development to equip our youth to be ready for their classrooms and future jobs.
  • Providing services that our youth, families, and communities need to not only reach their full potential, but thrive together.

If you or a loved one need access to healthcare, food, housing, counseling, or other community services, you can see a listing of community resources on our Youth & Family Services page.

How can I help?

  1. Provide meaningful mentorship to our youth by signing up to volunteer! We have opportunities for you to coach, support arts programs, provide academic help, and so much more.
  2. Become an advocate for youth by joining Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Catalyst for Change network. When you sign up, you’ll receive tools and email notices that will empower you to make your voice heard to members of Congress and take action on the issues that impact our youth.
  3. Make a donation to support services in our Clubs. We can’t do this work without your help, and every dollar makes a difference.