Love Opens Doors

a virtual benefit for youth in our community who are experiencing homelessness

Live-Hosted Virtual Event l May 3, 2022

Love Opens Doors is a time to be inspired by and celebrate the ways in which Youth Focus is helping youth achieve safety, security, and success!  This event helps to ensure Youth Focus has the resources necessary to support the life-changing work we do every day. Like many nonprofits, Youth Focus is dependent on the generosity of our community to ensure our important work is able to continue serving the community we love.

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How Youth Focus Serves the Community

Youth Focus has served the greater Greensboro area for over 45 years and maintains a strong, family-based approach to care, involving parents, other family members, and caregivers whenever possible.

As the challenges facing youth evolve, so does Youth Focus. Over time we added additional services in areas where we saw a strong need in the community. Our commitment to the youth and families we serve and the local community remains unwavering, and we will continue to grow with the youth we serve.

Youth Focus is funded through a combination of local/state/federal partnerships and private donations. As the funding landscape continues to evolve, we become increasingly dependent on the financial support of the local community we serve. Additionally, many of the funds that Youth Focus brings to Guilford County from state and federal resources require the local community’s investment.

Emergency Housing

Free emergency housing for male, female, and gender nonconforming youth ages 11-17 who need temporary safe shelter.

Transitional Living

Youth ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness receive rent assistance and support services to help them achieve their educational and professional goals for long-term independence.

Outpatient Counseling

No cost Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for youth ages 6-24 to address the trauma that often shows as emotional or behavioral difficulty.

Safe Place

When teens find themselves in crisis or need a place to stay, they should know how and where to get help. Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. Safe Place locations are easily recognized by their vibrant yellow signs.

Maternity Housing

Supportive housing for pregnant or parenting women between the ages of 16 and 21 who are experiencing homelessness for various reasons. Mothers and their dependent children can live at the house for up to 18 months while working on goals that will allow them to provide a good home for their children.

Supportive Housing

Supportive housing for male, female, and gender-nonconforming youth ages 18-21 who are experiencing homelessness in a supervised yet independent living environment. During the program, youth gain needed independent living skills.

2022 Corporate Sponsors

Champion Sponsor

George and Sarah Buchanan Foundation

Hero Sponsor

Role Model Sponsor

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Friend Sponsor

About Youth Focus

In 1971, Youth Focus began providing group home and outpatient counseling services in Guilford County. Over the next several decades, the continuum of services grew to include outpatient counseling and substance use treatment, intensive in-home therapy, therapeutic foster care, medication management, residential substance use treatment, emergency and supportive housing, therapeutic schools, and residential psychiatric treatment.

Our Mission Statement

Helping youth achieve safety, security, and success.

In response to the growing value-based managed healthcare environment and Medicaid reform in North Carolina, Youth Focus merged its behavioral health services with Alexander Youth Network in 2019. Retaining the Alexander name, the newly combined organization became firmly established as the leader in children’s behavioral healthcare in North Carolina.

With this transition, Youth Focus narrowed its services to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable youth in Guilford County, who are at-risk, in crisis, have run away, or are experiencing homelessness. Youth Focus provides needed supportive housing solutions and trauma-informed counseling, so youth receive the help they need today to have hope for the future.

How your donations help

Every day, every dollar, a difference is made


Allows a runaway to go bowling with counselors


Pays for one day of food for one youth at our emergency shelter


Pays for one parenting class for a young mother


Allows us to provide training and certify a new Safe Place


Pays for one day of housing and support services for a pregnant or young mother


Pays for counseling services for a victim of domestic abuse or sex trafficking


You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Click below to email Jennifer Lewis, Vice President.

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