Washington County Youth Service Bureau

Montpelier, Vermont

Contact Info.

P.O. Box 627
38 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05601
802-229-2508 (fax)




The Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club, established in 1974, serves approximately 2,500 Washington County young people and families each year. With a staff of 40 adults and 4 teens, the Bureau offers prevention services that help youth succeed, intervention services that help youth negotiate challenges, and treatment services that help youth address problems that are interfering with their health and development. The Bureau’s direct services for young people and families include: 

—Services for Runaway, Homeless, and Street Youth

Country Roads Runaway Program provides 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, case management, and emergency, temporary housing for youth. The program aims to help families stay together and maintain stability in their homes.

Transitional Living Program helps homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 21 establish safe, stable living situations and to develop the skills and resources they need to build productive and independent lives.

—Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program is a “State of Vermont Preferred Provider” for the treatment of young people who are struggling with substance abuse. Directed by a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, this program provides an array of confidential services including assessment, early intervention, treatment, and aftercare. Offering both traditional and alternative (meditation, relaxation, recreation) approaches to wellness and aftercare, the Bureau helps young people find the method that works for them. This program also makes educational presentations to schools and community groups.

The Healthy Youth Program (HYP) provides co-occurring outpatient substance use treatment services to adolescents and young adults ages 12-25. We focus on helping young people build healthy, happy and productive lives by reducing or eliminating reliance on harmful substances and cultivating behaviors, skills and knowledge that promote wellness.

—The Community Assistance Substance Abuse Prevention Program: provides substance abuse education and prevention services to teen centers, schools, and other community groups. It helps young people avoid involvement with substances, and refers those who are already involved to treatment.

—Teen Parent Program: provides comprehensive support to pregnant and parenting teens including counseling, advocacy, referrals to other services, connections with doctors and dentists, assistance securing life necessities (food, shelter, education, job, etc.), and more.

—The Basement Teen Center: is a Boys & Girls Club site and open to all Washington County teens. It is a substance-free place for teens to hang out with friends, participate in ongoing activities and special events, receive homework help, learn new skills, play leadership roles, and become actively involved in the community.

—Return House: is a residential transitional living program for young men between the ages of 18 and 22 who are returning to the Barre City community from jail. Return House is staffed 24/7 and provides comprehensive assistance including substance abuse and mental health counseling, job skill training, life skills training, positive leisure activities, and coordination with other community resources. This program helps young men who have been in jail build healthy, satisfying, and law-abiding lives.

—Community Thanksgiving Dinner: The Bureau has organized a free Thanksgiving meal for the community since 1974. Each year approximately 50 volunteers help cook and serve over 450 meals, and over 200 of those meals are delivered to people who are unable to leave their homes.

—Emergency Crisis Service: Counselors are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist young people and families who are in crisis.


The Bureau is the administrative agency for each of the following statewide initiatives that promote coordination and resource sharing among youth-serving agencies, and assist thousands of youth throughout the state:

Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs: The fourteen member agencies of this coalition provide crisis response, emergency shelter, counseling and other supports for runaway, homeless, and street youth throughout the state. The Coalition provides training, fund development and management, advocacy, Medicaid coordination and oversight, data management, and evaluation.

Vermont Youth Tomorrow: Each year this Americorps*VISTA program places between 20 and 29 full-time member volunteers in nonprofit youth serving organizations throughout Vermont. Members raise funds, manage volunteers, establish computer systems, and educate the community in order to increase the stability and capacity of organizations that provide positive opportunities for youth.

Vermont Youth Development Corps: Each year this Americorps program places approximately 20 full-time member volunteers in nonprofit youth service organizations throughout Vermont. Members plan and deliver services and activities that help youth make healthy choices and participate actively in their communities.



Agency Wishlist

Support this agency by donating the following items:

Washington Country Youth Service Bureau Programs have the following wish list:

Country Roads Program:

    • Sponsor a youth for summer or vacation camp
    • Sponsor a youth to play a sport (help them get outfitted with cleats, other gear…)
    • Gym passes
    • Gas cards
    • Shelter parents to temporarily share their home with a youth


    • Gas cards (Cumberland farms or other)
    • Phone cards (Straight talk, AT&T Go, or Track phone)
    • Basic cleaning supplies

    Basement Teen Center (Montpelier):

    • 2x4's for various projects
    • hemlock or cedar 6x6's to fix raised garden beds.
    • Tools - hand saw, power drill, level, pliers, wrench set
    • Hardware - Various size screws, nails, hinges
    • Top soil for garden
    • Pizza stone
    • Board games
    • Art supplies
    • Guitar strings, both nylon and metal
    • Gift Cards to Shaw's and/or Hunger Mountain Co-op
    • Cash donations are always appreciated and will contribute greatly to our programming

    Northfield Teen Center:

    • Mentors to work one-on-one with youth in the following areas:
      • o Photography
      • o Storytelling
      • o Film Making
      • o Visual Arts
      • o Music
      • o Dance
      • o Etc.
    • Workshop leaders to lead workshops in the following areas:
      • o Photography
      • o Storytelling
      • o Film Making
      • o Visual Arts
      • o Music 
      • o Dance
      • o Etc.
    • Sports video games
    • Music accessories
    • Volunteers to lead Friday night dinners