The mission of Young Roots Oregon is to creatively helping young families build healthy foundations.
Our multi-generational vision is to give pregnant and parenting adolescents through age 24 and their children equitable opportunities for growth through a collaborative approach of resource partnership and innovative services.
Our values work in a rhythmic fashion, each incapable of being fulfilled without the other.
To value BELONGING is to create a relational environment that fosters authentic connection and trust through acceptance and inclusion.
ACCESSIBILITY is described as a quality of being, quality of being easy to access, quality of being obtainable, quality of being suitable or adapted for use by people who need assistance. We advocate for social adaptation and create pathways of accessibility as we wait for systems to catch up.
EQUITY is the concept of preventative activism, advocating and allocating resources and services according to the unique needs of young families, to reduce barriers for young families so they are able to effectively participate in opportunities for life-long stability and health.
GROWTH can only happen when our basic needs are met. Basic needs of access to food, water, warmth, rest, and shelter. The basic need of being safe, being loved and having a sense of belonging. When those basic needs are met, then we can grow.
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Supporting young families costs U.S. taxpayers between $9.4 and $28 billion a year through public assistance payments, lost tax revenue, and greater expenditures for public health care, foster care, and criminal justice services (U.S Health and Human Services). But the U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers Program outlines that culturally specific social support and school-based programs are the proven way communities can help alleviate many problems associated with adolescent pregnancy and parenting.
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Thank you for partnering with us in creating a more equitable and supportive community for young families to thrive!