Young Roots Oregon is dedicated to creatively helping young families build healthy foundations

Our Mission

The mission of Young Roots Oregon is to creatively empower young families to build healthy foundations.

Our Vision

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 Core Values

Our values work in a rhythmic fashion, each incapable of being fulfilled without the other.

Belonging

To value BELONGING is to create a relational environment that fosters authentic connection and trust through acceptance and inclusion.

Accessibility

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

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

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.

Our Code of Ethics

YRO is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that promotes open dialogue and the free expression of ideas without judgement, harassment, discrimination, or any other forms of hostile conduct.

Meet our Staff

Andrea Bartell, Executive Director

Andrea Bartell

Executive Director
Blanca Sanchez, MomRoots Program Director

Blanca Sanchez

Program Director
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Jonathan Eick, DadRoots Program Director

Jonathan Eick

Program Director

Catherine Weber, KidRoots Children's Program Director

Catherine Weber

KidRoots Program Director
Taylor Fullerton, MomRoots Family Advocate

Taylor Fullerton

Family Advocate / Resource Navigator
Sarah Mosser, Grant Writer

Sarah Mosser

Grant Manager
Liz Espinosa

Liz Espinosa

Peer Spanish Language Support Staff

Catherine Weber, KidRoots Children's Program Director

Catherine Weber

Meet our Board

Stephanie Bunker, Board Member

Stephanie Bunker

Board President

Jennifer Goodman, Board Secretary

Jennifer Goodman

Board Secretary

Louis Waller III, Board Member

Louis Waller III

Board Member

Antonia Huerta, Board Member

Antonia Huerta

Board Member

Mike Jerpbak, Board Member

Mike Jerpbak

Board Member

Our Funding Partners

Bill & Doris Scharpf Foundation

Bill & Doris Scharpf Foundation

Greater Albany Public Schools

Greater Albany Public Schools

Early Learning Hub

Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties

DevNW, Linn-Benton Health Equity Alliance

DevNW, Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance

Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Pacific Power Foundation

Pacific Power Foundation

System of Care - Linn, Benton & Lincoln

System of Care - Linn, Benton & Lincoln

Trail Blazers Foundation

Trail Blazers Foundation

YD - Youth Development Division

YD - Youth Development Division

Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund

Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund

Oregon Health Authority

Oregon Health Authority

ODHS - Family Support & Connections Program

ODHS - Family Support & Connections Program

100 Who Care Alliance - Linn County

100 Who Care Alliance - Linn County

Re/Max Integrity

REMAX Integrity - The Integrity Foundation

A Youth Development Study done by the Search Institute found that for every dollar invested in youth development, society saves $10 on costs down the road.

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.

Donate Today

We use PayPal to securely accept donations. You can create a recurring monthly gift or give a one-time donation. We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation. You will receive an end of the year donation receipt via email for your tax benefit for collective donations of $250 or more per year.

Thank you for partnering with us in creating a more equitable and supportive community for young families to thrive!