BYS saved my life. I was in a dark place when I started at BYS. A friend recommended that I go see Tara. I could talk to her about everything…..I am now the person I want to be and am ready to grow even more as I leave BHS to pursue my passions. – 2017 BHS Graduate
Bainbridge Youth Services:
School. Sports. Extracurricular activities. Struggles at home. Struggles with friends. Growing up has always been difficult, but now more than ever, teens seem to be living in a pressure cooker.
At Bainbridge Youth Services, we help teens release their steam and learn coping skills in order to help them live a healthy and balanced life.
Since 1962, BYS has served teens and the community. Our mission is to promote the social and emotional well being of all community adolescents through counseling and diverse outreach programs and services.
For more than 50 years, Bainbridge Youth Services has served Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap youth and their families. We provide professional, no-fee, confidential Counseling and intervention for adolescents in our community, ages 12-19.
Our mission is to promote the social and emotional well being of adolescents and young adults. We do this primarily through direct one-on-one counseling in our offices. However, we realize that today people are often more comfortable remaining entirely anonymous and contacting us using the internet, social media and texting. To that end, we launched AskBYS.org, a website dedicated to helping youth research issues, reach out to counselors and schedule one-on-one counseling sessions.
Number of Students Served: 1,400-plus counseling hours during 2016-2017 School Year for more than 250 students.
Most common reason for coming to BYS: Anxiety issues, Depression and Family conflict, followed closely by peer conflict.
Job programs: Our six-week, paid and unpaid summer internship program will employ about 40 students in 2018. Last year, BYS supported a paid internship program for 15 juniors and seniors. Our year-round job board supports 90+ employers and many more students who are looking for jobs.
Service to Youth: BYS honors more than 100 youth each year for their Acts of Compassion at our November ceremony. BYS has partnered with community organizations to host four Healthy Youth Summits where youth and adults could converse on how Bainbridge Island can be a healthier community for youth to grow and thrive.