Youth Bridge

Locations: 2153 E Joyce Blvd, Fayetteville
Phone: 1-800-628-2260
Website: http://www.youthbridge.com

Mission: Changing the lives of our youth by providing preventative services, counseling, and shelter to strengthen families and build stronger communities.

About:  Youth Bridge is a non-profit for impact agency that serves teens and their families in the areas of abuse, neglect, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems. Our services range anywhere from providing an immediate safe haven, to individualized treatment plans, aftercare and support, prevention programs to offering transitional living. For over 45 years, we have provided affordable, safe, supportive, and empowering services so that teens and their families can resolve their crisis.

Services:  Youth Bridge serves an eight-county area in Northwest and North Central Arkansas – Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton and Washington.

Youth Bridge is the only agency in the State of Arkansas that runs a RHY (runaway/homeless youth) transitional living program for youth; and is the only not-for-profit agency for court appointed community based services; is one of three agencies in the State that provides substance abuse treatment and services to youth; and is the only DYS agency in the state that has a substance abuse residential program for youth.  It is acclaimed as one of the leading providers of residential and outpatient treatment programs in the State for substance abuse.

Academic & Social Support Services – Academic and social support services are available to both residential and outpatient clients.  Some elements of this program include tutoring, mentoring, and social and life skills education.  Youth Bridge offers two state certified classrooms where residential clients can earn their high school diploma, GED or even college credit.

Clinical Treatment – The clinical treatment program includes evaluation and diagnosis, residential and outpatient counseling, family counseling, substance abuse counseling, group counseling, and drug screens.

Behavioral Management Intervention – Behavioral management interventions allow Youth Bridge case managers to conduct both electronic and non-electronic compliance monitoring of high-risk clients, as well as community service supervision.  Electronic monitoring is typically court-ordered, and requires the youth to wear an ankle bracelet for tracking.  Non-electronic monitoring includes intense supervision of outpatient clients by their assigned case managers.

Residential Services – Residential services include two emergency shelters, the state’s first Division of Youth Services (DYS) residential substance abuse treatment center for teens, a therapeutic group home for adjudicated males, and a transitional living program for homeless young adults.  Programs vary in intensity and duration depending on the needs of each client and their diagnosed treatment.

Aftercare – After completion of DYS mandated program, clients are referred to Youth Bridge for the development of an aftercare plan.  Aftercare exists to ensure that clients have the best opportunity possible to reintegrate into society and refrain from detrimental behavior.

Transitional Living Programs (TLP) – TLP serves a mixed gender population of homeless people between the ages of 18 and 22 who have no support network/system, and/or the education, skills and economic resources necessary to reach self-sufficiency.  This program is for young adults who have agreed to work towards acquiring skills that will allow them to live successfully on their own while becoming positive members of society.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Looking for a great place to volunteer?  Youth Bridge, Inc. has many opportunities available ranging from fundraising to household maintenance.  Or volunteer opportunities include special event planning, tutoring, mentoring, fund raising, clerical and other office duties, team-building, marketing and advertising support and maintenance.  If you would like to volunteer your time with us, e-mail Margaret at development@youthbridge.com to learn more about available opportunities at Youth Bridge.