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White Shield Center
Our mission is to empower adolescent girls to lead healthy and productive lives within their families and communities.
Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for girls: Year round school on campus through Portland Public Schools D.A.R.T.; Mental Health Services and Alcohol & Drug Counseling on site through Lifeworks NW; Clinical oversight; Mentor & Youth Development Program; Recreational and Cultural Activities; Social Skill Development; Health & Wellness Education; Evidence/Research based curriculum; Job Readiness & Money Management Skills; Transition Support and Aftercare Planning.
Located in the hills of Northwest Portland, White Shield Center has been serving young women and children since 1914. The center began as a maternity home and hospital for young women. We continue to serve the needs of pregnant and parenting clients between the ages of 12 and 18. Additionally, we serve the needs of adolescent girls who need a safe, secure and nurturing environment. In all, we offer four unique programs; The Parenting Program, The Cottage Program, The Wildflowers Program, and The Early Learning Center.
The White Shield Center provides trauma-informed, gender-specific, and culturally-sensitive framework in creating individualized plans to meet the differing needs of each resident. Evidence and research-based practices are utilized to teach the skills needed for positive, long-term outcomes.
At the White Shield Center, we practice The five CORE Practice Areas of Gender Responsiveness.
- A relational approach
- A strengths-based approach
- A trauma-informed approach
- A culturally competent approach
- A holistic approach