Diversity is a community asset and we warmly welcome every youth who walks through the door. Through the generosity of our donors and partners, we offer multiple ways to meet the needs of young people as they grow and evolve.
Weekdays between 8am — 5pm, masters-level counselors provide confidential one-to-one, no-fee mental health counseling and referrals for Kitsap County youth ages 13 – 21. Request an appointment here.
BYS offers parent coaching to help parents hold things in balance during the natural ups and downs of life and strengthen family relationships.
Four days a week, BYS facilitates free peer tutoring for youth grades K – 12.
Twice a month during the school year, middle and high school students head to the Bainbridge Senior Center to teach elder members of our community how to use their technology and gadgets.
BYS provides weekly sessions with therapy dogs, monthly lunch gatherings at the high school and other big and small ways for teens to interact. We create crisis support posters and provide support for student-designed projects such as the gratitude wall or #MailBoxRoxBI.
Through a variety of career exploration programs, youth are given the tools to make better-informed decisions in navigating their future.
Youths in need of extra income can sign up for the BYS Jobs Board to learn about short-term job opportunities throughout the year.
Sometimes life requires a deep dive. Youths may crave stories like their own and want to learn something new in a safe space. We are always open to creating new support groups, so please let us know if you are interested.
Juvenile Diversion Program
BYS works with the Kitsap Juvenile Court system to divert young offenders away from the juvenile court system towards a restorative justice model facilitated by a panel of community members. This process takes into consideration the needs of the offender, the victim, and the community. Youth are held accountable for their behavior, yet the process is one of healing and learning, rather than punishment.
The Rose Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior in support of the recipient’s creative and educational pursuits. The winner of this award is chosen by Bainbridge High School counselors and presented by Bainbridge Youth Services.
The scholarship was established in 2013 in memory of Lucille Rose Gendreau who grew up on Bainbridge Island and was a member of the graduating class of 2007.