Alternatives has been a leader and innovator among organizations working with adolescents since its founding in 1971, and that continues today. Our core source of that innovation is and has always been listening to the insights of the young people themselves, whether it is about the challenges they are experiencing or the solutions they create. Our staff are highly trained and experienced professionals who deeply respect and intentionally foster that engagement with young people.

“We’re in this weird time where we are between being kids and becoming adults. Here we are free to be whatever.”

Our programs and services use evidence-informed practices to meet young people where they are then provide a support system to reduce risk-factors, build protective factors, and ensure that youth can truly shape positive change for themselves, their peers, their families, and their communities.