Building brighter futures for our community…

Values are the foundation of our organization.

In everything we do, we believe that all youth should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.   The work we do is to serve those youth that are impacted by circumstances that may have an adverse effect on their well-being. Our goal is to provide safe, supportive, and empowering services to teens and their families that will give them the tools and inspiration to resolve their crisis and prepare them to achieve lasting personal changes that will allow them to lead healthy and productive lives. From prevention to aftercare services, Youth Bridge is there every step of the way by providing the best care and therapeutic support, innovative services and activities, guidance and hope to each and every youth we encounter.

What makes Youth Bridge unique?

Youth Bridge is the only Northwest Arkansas Division of Youth Services (DYS) nonprofit for court appointed community-based service and the only approved DYS residence substance abuse program in the state.  Youth Bridge is only one of three agencies in Arkansas that operate a Runaway and Homeless Youth program and is the only agency in Arkansas that provides and supports the National Safe Place Program.

Youth Bridge is the only clinically and behaviorally focused organization in Northwest Arkansas that deals exclusively with youth and their families.  Youth Bridge offers counseling and other support services with children and families in both residential and outpatient environments; offers multi-disciplinary professional teams for better results, and maintains a collaborative approach with other agencies.

Youth Bridge does not turn-away those who need our help because of a payment issue.  We accept Medicaid, AR Kids First, and other forms of private insurance, as well as a sliding scale based upon need.

Youth Bridge encourages the community to join forces and participate through the many opportunities with advocacy, volunteerism and fundraising.

Every great story has a beginning.

Youth Bridge, founded in 1963 as Boyland in Winslow, Arkansas, by local businessmen to provide housing for homeless and neglected boys, has provided a stable resource for youth services over the years. Beginning as a small custodial-style facility for a limited number of boys, it now stands over 50 years later as an organization that provides youth preventative services, counseling and shelter that strengthens families and builds better communities.  Funding of the early “Youth Bridge” existed primarily by the charity and goodwill of the local community. It did not receive government funding as it does today.  In the early 1970’s, a decision was made to expand Boyland into a residential treatment center.  A program director was hired and the new center received two state contracts. Over the next several years, Boyland merged with two similar organizations, Indian Trail House and Youth Attention Home, to form what is now known as Youth Bridge, Inc.

Discrimination is not our thing at Youth Bridge

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability. To file a complaint of discrimination write to:

USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD).

Youth Bridge is accredited by The Council on Accreditation

The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

Learn more by visiting their site at

2016 Board Members

Azu Denton

Bethany Pautsh

Billy Hawkins-Veteto

Debbie Self

James Ladd Lanier

John Rhodes

Justin Simpson

Karolyn Farrell

Lewis Gray

Peter Hamilton

Sandy Kinsey

Zach Hall


As Youth Bridge celebrates its 50th Anniversary, we can take a proud look back at a history of accomplishments and an optimistic look ahead to a future full of promise.


Mr. Darryl Rhoda
Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Kathy Lott
Program Director

Dr. Nancy Hairston
Advancement & Development Director

Ms. Jewel Morrow
Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Martha Morrison
Medical Director and Staff Psychiatrist

Mrs. Marilyn Hoke
Human Resources and Operations Director

Dr. Michael Flowers
Clinical Director

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