Spectrum Youth & Family Services

Burlington, Vermont

Contact Info.

31 Elmwood Avenue 
Burlington, VT 05401
802 864-7423
802 862-5396

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Spectrum Youth and Family Services will celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2010. We are a community-based nonprofit organization with more than 39 years of experience providing housing and support services for homeless, foster and at-risk youth.

The National Network for Youth selected Spectrum as The Agency of the Year for 2009.

Spectrum supports and helps kids address factors that can interfere with their transition to adulthood, such as mental health, physical health, joblessness, and substance abuse. We work one-on-one with each kid (ages 14-21) that walks through our doors. Our philosophy is never to give up, we are their advocates, and we give youth first chances, second chances, and third chances.

Youth have access to all have Spectrum’s programs, including:

Spectrum’s Mental Health and Substance Counseling Program provides individual outpatient services for adolescents, young adults, and parents. Counselors use strength and evidence based theories and practices that have demonstrated efficacy with this age group. 

The Violence Intervention and Prevention Program is part of a coordinated community effort to end male violence against women and children by educating men who batter and young men who use violence.

The Drop-in Center, located in downstairs at our Spectrum One Stop location in downtown Burlington, is a safe place for young people to eat a meal, use the telephone, do laundry, get clothing, or take a shower.

The Community Health Center of Burlington provides a no cost Medical Clinic for homeless and at-risk youth in Chittenden County.

The JOBS Program is a collaborative effort between Spectrum and the Howard Center. The program provides youth, ages 16-21, with comprehensive, integrated case management services with the goal of successful, competitive employment.

Spectrum’s Mentoring Program is a community-based program that partner responsible adult volunteers with adolescents between the ages of 11 and 21.

The Street Outreach Program aims to build relationships between street youth and program outreach staff to facilitate youth leaving the streets.

Student Assistance Program Spectrum recognizes that each school community is different with respect to structure, readiness, need, and capabilities. SAP is designed to work with individual school communities to assess needs, interests, and capabilities and to design a customized Student Assistance Program to provide a basis for substance use and related mental health education, prevention and intervention services.

The Youth Development Program serves youth who are, or have been in the custody of the State, or young people in the substitute care system under the Department for Children and Families.

Our residential programs include:

Spectrum’s Transitional Housing Residence, more commonly known as the SRO (Single Room Occupancy), provides nine private rooms and a common kitchen, dining, and living room for homeless youth making the transition to independent living. 

Spectrum’s Murray Street Youth Cooperative is a group living program for six adolescent males that provides a community-based transition from foster care to independent living. 

Spectrum’s 12-bed Emergency Youth Shelter, located upstairs at our Spectrum One Stop location in downtown Burlington, provides young people with temporary shelter while they begin the process of getting their life back on track. 

Mark Redmond, Spectrum's Executive Director and columnist for the publication Youth Today, blogs about current issues impacting youth and youth services.  Click here to read Mark's blog