Changing the lives of our youth by providing preventative services, counseling, and shelter to strengthen families and build stronger communities.
Youth Bridge is a non-profit agency that serves youths and their families in the areas of abuse, neglect, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems. Its services range anywhere from providing an immediate safe haven, to individualized treatment plans, aftercare and support, prevention programs to offering transitional living. Youth related substance abuse, homelessness, and behavioral problems are not limited to select zip codes, social economic groups or certain geographic areas of Central and Northwest Arkansas. These are our neighbors and our children’s friends that need help. Youth Bridge is there to help turn the lives of troubled youth around and guide them back to a productive life. It is a community problem that requires a community solution.
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 also has the only Multisystemic Family Help Therapy program in the state and is only one of three agencies in Arkansas that operate a Runaway and Homeless Youth program. In addition, Youth Bridge is the only Northwest Arkansas agency 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 serves the working poor, offer free counseling, work with children in their home environments, offer multi-disciplinary professional teams for better results, and maintain a collaborative approach with other agencies.
Youth Bridge also important to remind the public that Youth Bridge does not turn-way those who need our help because of a payment issue. We accept Medicaid, AR Kids First, and other forms of insurance. And unlike some local health care organizations, we will not drop our clients just because their insurance has run out. We will work to find a way to continue serving our youth.
Youth Bridge, founded in 1963 as Boyland in Winslow, AR., 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 nearly 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.
Youth Bridge is accredited by the Council on Accreditation
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).