Celeste Janssen

Celeste directs the Institute for Youth Success, Education Northwest’s regional center devoted to youth development and out-of-school time. Celeste focuses her time on youth development, social emotional learning, equity, trauma-informed care, mentoring, continuous improvement and facilitation. Earlier in her career, she was executive director of Oregon Mentors, which became the Institute for Youth Success and merged with Education Northwest. She also ran pediatric oncology camps in Montana and worked in fundraising at a national breast cancer organization. Celeste studied education and city planning at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Ladder to Leadership Program and a Positive Discipline parent educator.

Celeste is the proud mama of a little guy that keeps her on her toes. She is a fan of kayaking, theater and travel. She sits on the board of several Oregon-based nonprofit organizations and is the chair of Oregon’s Youth Development Council.

I believe that young people win when schools are deeply connected to community-based youth-serving nonprofits.

Director of the Institute for Youth Success


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Blog Posts

How Schools Can Get the Most From Youth Program Partnerships


September 6th, 2018

Youth program partnerships can help districts and schools accomplish more than what they can do alone. How can you build your capacity to manage them?

Developing Youth Through a Growth Mindset


March 30th, 2015

Since this post appeared in March, 2015 as part of our series on collective impact, the Institute for Youth Success has joined Education Northwest to better support youth-serving agencies in Oregon and across the region. Collective impact initiatives have data at the core of their efforts to...