About Us

Group of Four happy teenagers outsideJ Bar J Youth Services promotes innovative options for at-risk youth and families toward self-sufficiency and personal responsibilities.

J Bar J Youth Services is a 501 © (3) non-profit corporation founded in 1968 and is currently the largest provider of services to youth and families in Central Oregon through our programs:

  1. The J Bar J Boys Ranch (est. 1968) is a 28 bed residential facility serving young offenders, ages 13-18, in need of court ordered rehabilitation services. The program uses accountability based cognitive restructuring, emphasizing individual accountability and personal growth. Average stay is 9 to 12 months.
  2. J5 provides Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to adjudicated boys ages 13-19, in need of staff-secure residential treatment for short term stabilization.  The program encourages youth that have been unsuccessful in the community to reset their behavior in a safe and structured environment. 
  3. Cascade Youth and Family Center (est. 1989) focuses on safety, stability, and self-sufficiency for runaway, homeless, and unaccompanied youth, ages 16-20 in Deschutes County. Core programs are the Basic Center (est. 1992), providing emergency shelter and support; Transitional Living (est. 2003), with 12 beds for 6-18 months stay; and Street Outreach (est. 2002), targeting homeless youth ages 13-24. 
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    Helping victims become survivors. Taking a multilevel approach to fighting human trafficking in Central Oregon. Working directly with victims to help them regain independence, safety, and stability, and to rebuild their lives. Providing comprehensive case management and crisis intervention, assist in creating safety plans, as well as offering much needed emotional support to survivors of sex and labor trafficking. Case managers also work with survivors to access community resources such as psychological counseling, medical care, emergency housing, transportation, and academic needs.
    At: project is the member providing team coordination for the Deschutes County Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Response Team, the group responsible for responding to cases of human trafficking in Central Oregon. This team is a collaboration of agencies working together to coordinate and leverage resources to provide a comprehensive approach to child sex trafficking and services to victims and survivors.
  5. Grandma’s House (est. 1992, joined J Bar J 2017) offers emergency and transitional shelter to homeless and/or abused pregnant girls, parenting young mothers, and young mothers choosing adoption for their child. For over 20 years, this home has provided 24/7 hope, support, tools, and education to help young parents make good life decisions and become self-sufficient. A safe and supportive environment for pregnant girls and young mothers where they can learn about health and parenting, continue their education, and gain the needed life skills for a smooth transition into independent living or a safe return to family.  The only shelter and program of its kind east of the Cascades in Oregon.
  6. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon (est. 1994) provides successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties. Primary activities include identifying at-risk, often low-income children; identifying and screening adult candidates; and training volunteers. BBSCO serves approximately 300 youth between the ages of 6 and 15 years old annually.
  7. The Academy at Sisters (est.1994) is a therapeutic boarding school for at-risk young women ages 13-17 focusing on personal success and achievement. With 24 beds, the Academy embraces a program model founded in Action Based Cognitive Awareness (ABCA).  ABCA allows students to integrate and elaborate on their knowledge of self, and increases the potential that youth will learn to transfer theoretical information into actual practice in real world situations. The Academy at Sisters employs a multi-dimensional approach to therapy with traditional and experiential modalities when working with youth & families. Average stay is 12-18 months.
  8. J Bar J Learning Center is an accredited school through the Northwest Accreditation Commission; registered as an alternative education program with the Oregon Department of Education; and a contracted alternative school with the Bend/La Pine School District. J Bar J Learning Center provides a standard-based, project oriented curriculum, Accelerated Math, career planning, authentic assessment, and an integrated curriculum fitting the unique needs of our students’ emotional intelligence.  The school operates year-round for residents of the J Bar J Boys Ranch and the Academy at Sisters.
  9. Kindred Connections mobilizes and equips volunteer families and ten area church communities to provide support while parents work to secure stability for their families. Help provide mentoring relationships for parents and temporary housing for children to families in crisis who lack a safety net.