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Youth Villages, New Avenues for Youth and state agencies create temporary housing and community stabilization program to increase services for youth in foster care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Portland, Ore. (Aug. 15, 2017) – In direct response to the urgent need for more placement options for youth in foster care, Youth Villages, New Avenues for Youth, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have come together to create an innovative program that will provide immediate short-term housing and youth-centered placement services that follows the youth to ensure success. Both nonprofits will offer specific services to the youth in the facility. New Avenues for Youth, with more than 20 years’ experience providing transition age youth services, will operate the short-term...

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Youth Villages’ 4th annual Cornhole Tournament raises more than $21,000

[Show slideshow] Youth Villages North Carolina’s 4th annual Cornhole Tournament, presented by Dude Solutions, raised more than $21,000. Hosted by American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, 88 competitors participated on 44 teams to support former foster youth helped by Youth Villages’ YVLifeSet program. Shaquilla, a young woman participating in YVLifeSet, shared through spoken word how Youth Villages helped her make good decisions about her education, employment, relationships and health, and is guiding her into independent adulthood. “Despite the threat of rain, 44 teams came out to show their support to the Triangle community’s most vulnerable young people,” said Jason West, Youth Villages North Carolina’s development manager. “Everyone had a great time competing, eating, laughing and dancing together. We are very grateful to our generous sponsors and supporters who donated food, drinks and services to help young people like Shaquilla receive the support and guidance they need to succeed.” The Youth Villages YVLifeSet program is designed to help young people aging out of foster care make a successful transition into independent adulthood by providing them with intensive, around-the-clock one-on-one support and guidance. YVLifeSet is funded through a unique public-private partnership and relies largely on philanthropic support to help the hundreds of young people aging out of foster every year. It is one of the only programs dedicated to helping former foster youth found to be effective in a randomized trial....

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Parenting Advice

Tim Goldsmith, Ph.D., is chief clinical officer at Youth Villages, where he directs a staff of clinical specialists who oversee the treatment of more than 23,000 children and youth every year. Youth Villages brings their expertise to you through articles here. All parents have moments when they wish they could consult with an expert. If you have a question about your tween or teen’s behavior, send it to Dr.Tim@youthvillages.org. If Dr. Tim and his staff of experts feature your question in a column, he’ll change names and other specifically identifying...

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From the frontline to the C-Suite, Caroline Hannah leads Youth Villages

When Caroline Hannah took the job with the Youth Villages Intercept, intensive in-home services program in 1995, she saw it as temporary thing. She had her eye on a counseling position at a women’s prison in Middle Tennessee. (Left: Her first ID card.) Instead her 22-year career at Youth Villages has taken her from a frontline staff member to chief operating officer, overseeing Youth Villages’ work in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Oregon. Along the way, she started the Youth Villages Specialized Crisis Program that evaluates and refers young people experiencing psychiatric emergencies in Tennessee; helped...

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YVLifeSet participant hired at Youth Villages, ready to give back

Kristie Wimbush beat all the odds… Only about three percent of young people who experience foster care graduate from university. Kristie received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University in May of 2016. A year later, she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. A former participant in the YVLifeSet program, Kristie joins the Youth Villages’ staff this week as a youth partner, ready to show young people in our intensive in-home program in Durham, North Carolina, how to beat those odds, too. The first thing she’ll tell them: “Never underestimate your...

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