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Youth Services and Prevention

When we look to the future, we envision a world where our services are no longer needed. The only way to truly end intimate partner violence is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. We can do this in many different ways--by raising awareness through education, acknowledging the intersections of oppression and calling out violence in all of its forms, utilizing bystander intervention techniques, having open and caring conversations with youth about consent and dating violence, and  advocating for changes to laws, systems, and policies that protect those who cause harm.

Youth Programs

Prevention Education Classes and Trainings

Evidence-Based Prevention Work

The Harbor’s Education Program is focused on community-level prevention programming, which includes larger-level environmental factors to reduce the risk of sexual violence perpetration and victimization. The goal is to ensure the work impacts our entire community, whether everybody is part of the prevention group or prevention effort.

The Harbor also provides educational presentations to businesses, community groups, organizations, faith-based communities, colleges and schools to increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence. The various topics discussed may include:

  • Sexual & Domestic Violence

  • Consent

  • Teen Dating Violence

  • Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Human Trafficking

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Bystander Intervention Strategies

To request training or workshops for your organization, please contact Mia Matias, Prevention Education Coordinator at

(503) 325-3426 or

Youth Art-Based Support Group

Forget the Fairytale

The Harbor's youth program, Forget the Fairytale, is planning a new art-based support group for youth ages 14-18. This group will allow teens who have experienced any form of power-based violence/abuse (dating abuse, unhealthy friendships, bullying, sexual harassment) to have a window of time to create art in a relaxed, confidential space. Youth will support each other emotionally, learn empowerment skills and build resiliency, all while transforming trauma into beautiful, healing art.

Interested young adults can scan the QR code or click here to sign up.

Youth Leadership Council

and Peer Support Advocates

The Harbor hosts a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) for Clatsop County youth ages 13-24! YAC meets once per month to review and plan youth programming, work towards making our schools and community safe and more inclusive, and have opportunities to learn new skills. Youth strengthen their work resumes, college applications, make new friends, and make a difference! These future leaders also have the opportunity to become certified youth peer advocates! Interested youth can email

Co-Located Youth Advocates

The Harbor Advocates are mobile!

The Harbor’s trained advocates are available to provide services on location (co-located), and have provided advocacy on-site at schools, faith-based organizations, hospitals, health care facilities, and mental health organizations. Co-located advocates serve as a form of outreach to connect the people you serve, your staff, board, and faculty, with resources, either at The Harbor or in the community, as needed. They are also available for safety planning, crisis needs, navigation of services (i.e. filing police reports, restraining orders, SANE exams, Title IX hearings, etc.) and emotional support. If ongoing counseling is needed, individuals are connected to counseling services in the area. Advocates at The Harbor are not mandatory reporters. Please see the Oregon Revised Statutes for additional information.


If you are interested in having a co-located Harbor advocate at your agency/business, please contact Monica Van Steenberg, Director of Services at (503) 325-3426 or email





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