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New York City, Pittsburgh public agencies and nonprofits launch intensive program to help former foster youth

Nonprofits join Seattle and Philadelphia in unique way to add services for transition-age youth Public agencies in New York and Pennsylvania will expand services to former foster and transition-age youth through public-private partnerships backed by local and national philanthropists. New Yorkers For Children, on behalf of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and Allegheny County Department of Human Services in Pennsylvania are launching YVLifeSet, an evidence-informed intensive program designed to help former foster and transition-age youth who need the most comprehensive support. While some youth who age out of state care are resilient and capable, statistics show...

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Youth Villages AmeriCorps provides vocational program for youth; wins national award

In 2017, Youth Villages AmeriCorps implemented the ServSafe vocational certification program, an accredited food and beverages safety training program by the National Restaurant Association that is recognized in all 50 states. Inner Harbour students now have the opportunity to achieve a ServSafe Food Handler certification, in addition to participating in hands-on meal preparation in the campus outdoor kitchen.

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Tiney achieves his goals by taking the driver’s seat

Tiney’s life has had big ups and downs. He was adopted from foster care as a baby, but after his adoptive mother died, he was back in the system at 15. In just a few weeks, Tiney turns 18 and will age out of the Pennsylvania foster care system. Fortunately, he’s already participating in Turning Points for Children’s YVLifeSet program in Philadelphia, an evidence-informed program designed to help transition-age youth become successful, independent adults by setting and achieving their goals. YVLifeSet specialist Frank Tennant works with Tiney, meeting every week and providing 24/7 support in his life. “My main...

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Thousands Attend 29th Annual Youth Villages Soup Sunday

180218-156 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 100 The 29th Annual Youth Villages Soup Sunday returned to FedExForum Sunday, Feb. 25 and satisfied thousands of taste buds. All proceeds from this year’s event, presented by Konica Minolta, benefited the Youth Villages Mentoring Program. Ron Olson and Karen Perrin, the newest co-hosts of the WRVR morning show, kicked off the event with the ringing of the kite-shaped dinner bell along with Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler. Then, attendees were off with their soup holders as they dined on a wide assortment of mouthwatering soups, seafood gumbos, unique specialty items,...

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Mentoring Program provides positive role model and support to children

The Youth Villages mentoring program offers adults the chance to become a positive force in a child’s life, and each mentor-mentee relationship is special in its own way. Mentoring for Sid Phadke, a product manager, meant stepping outside of his comfort zone and seeing life through the eyes of a child who has had a completely different life experience than him. “It is a very unique experience for me,” Sid said. “It was definitely something I wanted to do in terms of giving back, but it also challenges me. I enjoy building a relationship with my mentee, Samuel*.” Sid...

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