Southern Oregon-based non-profit, Project Youth +, is preparing its participants to thrive in school, careers, and their lives. Project Youth + supports the bright futures of nearly 1700 students, ages 11-24, through resilience development strategies.

Executive Director Carl Thomas has a clear vision in mind. “We are very serious about removing any barrier(s) that will impede the progress of the young people we serve,” explained Thomas. “With offices based in Grants Pass and Medford, Project Youth + staff members focus on increasing opportunities for youth to obtain living-wage jobs and careers.”

Project Youth + actively supports low-income, first-generation, and under-represented youth in a way that not only equips them for a professional career, but also offers care and compassion for each individual.

In the spring of 2023, The Roundhouse Foundation provided a grant to Project Youth+ for Academic and Vocational Support. Their work across rural Josephine County is critical to student success.

Project Youth + is very proud of their GED program. One student struggled in the local schools with disciplinary issues found his way forward through this program. Thomas recalls that the student’s attitude improved, and “flew through his GED lessons, graduated as most-improved in the program and is now enlisted in the US Navy.” He credited Project Youth + and their team’s acceptance of him for his recent success.

Roundhouse Foundation is proud to partner with youth serving organizations throughout rural communities in Oregon. Working closely with students and families to support them as they transition into the workforce is critical to the success of not only the students, but also the communities they live.



Published On: March 26th, 2024 / Categories: Featured Grant Stories, Foundation Highlights, Grant News /