Douglas ESD’s Youth Development program receives grants

Douglas Education Service District’s Youth Development program has received a total of $600,000 in grant funding to benefit youth. The team works in partnership with local school districts, higher education, youth-serving organizations and agencies. The program helps youth learn life skills and complete school with a plan.

Youth Development Oregon, a department of the Oregon Department of Education, is providing $350,000 in youth reengagement funding to support Douglas ESD’s youth mentors. Youth mentors work in local school districts and with community partners to engage youth in opportunities and future plans.

“Research shows that youth who thrive in life have at least one meaningful adult in their corner helping them navigate life, answer questions, and be a consistent support during a challenging time in life,” said Jeneen Hartley, director of Education Services at Douglas ESD. “Our mentors can be one of those adults, providing individualized support side-by-side with our school and family partners.”

Youth Development Oregon also awarded $250,000 in Future Ready funding to expand career-connected learning in partnership with school districts’ career and technical education (CTE) programs. These programs help fuel students’ futures. Program activities include hands-on learning to help our schools provide students with paid work experience, career exploration, technical skills and certificate programs. Opportunities can include manufacturing, agriculture, business, health sciences, coding and more. CTE programs have evolved from vocational education.

Learn more about Dougals ESD’s Youth Development programs at

For more information, Director of Education Services, Jeneen Hartley at