Integral Youth Services (IYS) is a private, faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) social
service agency providing services to homeless, at-risk and runaway youth in Klamath
County since 1988. IYS provides life-changing services to more than 2,100 Klamath
County youth annually.
Our mission is “To offer HOPE to youth, providing for their needs and mentoring
positive choices and healthy relationships.” We believe in serving
youth with compassion
and encouragement. We believe in providing opportunities, structure
which leads to a sense of responsibility. Our philosophies enable us
the youth we serve, releasing their full potential.
IYS programs focus on intervention, emergency shelter, youth housing, advocacy,
life skills and employment training.
At our emergency shelter Exodus House, youth in crisis with nowhere to go find safe
shelter and support. Youth in transition, without stable housing find refuge and
safe housing through our Transitional Living Program (TLP). Current/former foster
care youth learn to live independently through the Independent Living Program (ILP).
Youth living in poverty and/or dealing with homelessness are ensured equal access
to education through the Homeless Education Liaison Program (HELP). Youth struggling
socially or academically in school find the one-on-one support they need in our
Accredited Alternative School. At the IYS Youth Center kids get a healthy meal
and a safe place to be after school. IYS’ Free Summer Lunch Program provides nutritious
lunches to hungry kids each summer.
How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant
from Washington Federal
The funds raised by community votes during the Locals Know Best fundraising event
in May, will be used solely to support Integral Youth Services (IYS) programs and
services, specifically our Youth Center. Located in the Mills Addition in Klamath
Falls, the Youth Center is situated diagonally across from Mills Elementary School.
Providing a safe, supervised place to be after school, an average of 60-70 youth
comes through its doors each day.
The Youth Center provides a five-component, USDA sponsored supper daily to ensure
youth are receiving a nutritious and filling afternoon meal. This is critical,
as 100% of the students at the Mills Elementary School qualify for free or reduced
The Youth Center staff and volunteers also provide mentoring, tutoring, group learning
sessions and homework help, as well as providing youth with a safe place to enjoy
books, games, movies and crafts.
The funds raised will help IYS continue to keep the
doors open to the youth that rely on it. Staff will be able to provide
supplies, and other items that help them provide a safe, fun learning
for the youth.
The Youth Center provides a safe haven for neighborhood youth, and IYS programs
services are providing HOPE and possibilities for a brighter future
every day. We
could not continue to do what we do without the support of the community,