Cascade Youth & Family Center (CYFC) is pleased to welcome Megan Knoster as their Basic Center Manager. This program offers crisis intervention and family reconciliation services to youth and their families as a means of addressing and preventing youth homelessness.
Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, Megan developed her passion for working with youth in the community early on by leading youth soccer camps, mentoring high school athletes and volunteering with community after school programs. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the Boston University School of Social Work in 2013. During her time at Boston University, she received specialized education and training in trauma informed care and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
Megan holds her license in clinical social work (LCSW) in Massachusetts and Oregon and comes to Cascade Youth & Family Center with extensive experience working on behalf of youth mental health, wellness, and healing through grant writing, program management and direct care for crisis intervention, suicide prevention, substance use prevention and intervention as well as clinical mental health counseling. She utilizes a strengths based approach in supporting youth in recognizing their resiliency and is dedicated to providing a safe space for youth to fully engage in their healing processes and own self-determination when navigating life’s challenges.
Outside of work, Megan tunes into her yoga practice and enjoys spending time with her dog, Roo, exploring the natural beauty Oregon has to offer.
Cascade Youth & Family Center offers an array of programs and services to runaway and homeless youth, including access to health care and shelter at the LOFT, crisis intervention, and independent living skills training and support. CYFC is a program of J Bar J Youth Services.