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Cause Area

  • Children & Youth


31 ELMWOOD AVEBURLINGTON, VT 05401 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower teenagers, young adults, and their families to make and sustain positive changes through prevention, intervention, and life skills services.


  • We envision a world where those who face great challenges realize their vast human potential.
  • We believe people can change their lives.
  • We believe this happens when people find their motivation to change.
  • We believe that as people change their lives, the individual, family and community are transformed.

In 1970, a group of community members wanted to start a shelter to house the growing number of at-risk youth who were running away from foster homes. The Burlington Ecumenical Action Ministry teamed up with this group of concerned citizens to found SHAC, which stood for Shelter Action and later became known as Spectrum Youth & Family Services.
Spectrum has continued to grow and now offers an extensive range of crucial services for youth in our community.

Basic Needs and Supportive Housing:

Skills Programs:

Prevention and Intervention:

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