Youth & Young Adults

Please note - in an effort to limit the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), visitors are NOT being accepted at any of our youth & young adult programs in western Washington until further notice.

Pioneer provides an array of specialized residential programs to serve youth, young adults and families in crisis. We also provide programs for youth awaiting federal immigration hearings, and diversion programs for youth involved in domestic violence. Our goal is to preserve families, if it is safe for the youth, and provide the tools and skills needed to prevent youth from entering the judicial system or from returning to it.

Awaiting Immigration Hearing

Program Manager
Selma Carson Home
619 54th Avenue E.
Tacoma, WA 98424
United States
  • Individual intake and assessment services
  • Access to routine and emergency medical care
  • Mental health care
  • Education and recreation
  • Classes on decision making and future planning skills
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Access to legal, religious and other social services
  • Educational assessment for future placements
  • Transition into community life

The Selma R. Carson Home (SRCH) is a 20-bed facility that serves undocumented and unaccompanied boys between the ages of 13 and 17 who are in the United States, and are, or will be, going through immigration proceedings. The youth have been apprehended by state or federal law enforcement and come from all across the country. The SRCH works with the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement to assist in family reunification efforts.

Who is eligible

This program serves boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who are in the country illegally.

How to apply

Youth are referred by the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services, within the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Information for family members

For information about visitation, telephone calls, sending mail to residents, or any other questions, please call the program manager at 253-922-7005.


Behavioral Rehabilitation

Pioneer Youth Center - J Street
922 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
United States
Services Offered to Residents

At J Street, we are excited to work in collaboration with the ‘Kids At Hope’ philosophy, by implementing  evidenced based, strategic cultural model that reverses the belief of “youth being at risk” to “youth being at hope” paradigm. We believe that by establishing a holistic methodology that engages the family, school and community with appropriate therapeutic interventions, we can help support the success of all children and youth, without exception.

While residing at J Street youth can expect to participate in the following:

  • Education in a classroom setting that meets their individual needs or prepares them  for the workforce
  • Weekly therapeutic sessions with our in-house therapist
  • Therapeutic groups five days a week
  • Essential skill building groups
  • Social activities

J Street has a diverse team of staff from different cultural backgrounds with a variety of skills and experiences that meet the needs of the population of youth we serve and programs are designed to serve youth and their families in a safe and caring therapeutic learning environment.

Located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, Pioneer Youth Center - J Street provides Behavior Rehabilitation Services (BRS) for up to 16 youth, both male and female, 13-17 years of age who have experienced abuse or neglect, or have had an unsuccessful transition in the foster care system. The program is under contract with Children’s Administration and provides BRS, a temporary intensive wraparound support and treatment program, for youth with extremely high-level service needs. The services are used to safely stabilize youth and assist in achieving a permanent residence plan or a less intensive service. 

The desired outcomes for BRS services is to increase the child’s behavioral, school and and placement stability, and increase potential to reach permanency. A major focus is to develop necessary supports, which would allow the child to maintain or develop a permanent family connection and to reside in his/her own community in an identified permanent resource. A wide array of services can be provided under a BRS contract, ranging from short-term emergent care to a longer term that includes ongoing community services.

Recreational Opportunities

All youth residing at J Street will obtain a membership with the YMCA for physical recreation, and the People’s Community Center and the Public Library for social and learning programs.


All youth are referred into the J Street program by Children's Administration.



Family Intervention

Todd Ravenholt
Family Intervention & Restorative Services
1211 East Alder Street
Seattle, WA 98122
United States
Who is eligible

This program serves both boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 17 who get arrested for DV3, DV4, and Assault 4.

Information for family members

For information about visitation, telephone calls, sending mail to residents, or any other questions, please call the program manager at 206-744-7373.

Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) is a non-secure 24/7 receiving facility with seven beds at the King County Youth Detention Center that eliminates the need for detention bookings on the majority of family violence cases. The program allows flexibility for families to receive respite services that are not tied to the criminal justice system and will greatly reduce formal charging.

The Step-Up team (Juvenile Probation Counselors and Social Workers) work with the families and youth resident in the center to determine when the resident will be eligible to go home and what services the family may need to continue a safe environment for the whole family. Residents in the center work with staff on coping skills, stress management, anger management and alternative communication styles. 

  • Coping skills
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Alternative communication styles
  • Individual intake and assessment services
  • Meetings with social worker or juvenile probation counselor
  • Access to legal, religious and other social services
  • Transition into community life
  • Alternative shelters (Youth Care, Spruce Street and Friends of Youth.)

Severe Behavior

Director of Snohomish Youth Residential Homes
Pioneer Human Services
United States
Who is eligible

Cypress House – 13 to 18 year old males, serves high-risk, adjudicated sex offenders or youth with extreme behavior and mental health issues 

Sequoia House – 13 to 18 years old males, focuses on serving youth with severe emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric problems that have demonstrated sexually aggressive behavior and/or are adjudicated sex offenders

Tamarack House – 13 to18 year old males, serves adjudicated level 2 and 3 registered sex offenders, and/or youth with extreme behavior and mental health issues

How to apply

Youth must be referred by the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Children and Family Services. Please call the director of Snohomish Youth  Residential Homes at Pioneer Human Services for more information at 360-659-9139.


The Snohomish Youth Residential Homes program is comprised of three residential homes that serve boys between the ages of 13 to 18 years-old who are struggling with severe emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric problems. Residents may have demonstrated sexually aggressive and/or violent behavior, and many are adjudicated sex offenders.

  • Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS) therapy
  • Counseling to help youth admit and take responsibility for actions
  • Classes to examine aggression, learn empathy and adopt appropriate responses
  • Structured daily schedule
  • Independent living skill classes
  • Individual and group therapy