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Aging Out Foster Youth Receive Support from Local NASCAR Driver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Joey Logano Foundation donates $142,000 to Youth Villages CONTACT:     Tara Robertson, MBA                             803-528-7373                             tara.robertson@youthvillages.org   CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One hundred youth aging out of foster care in the Charlotte area just got a needed boost to assist them as they transition out of state custody, thanks to a recent grant from the Joey Logano Foundation (JLF). The contribution will support the Youth Villages YVLifeSet program designed to help youth aging out of foster care. “At the Joey Logano Foundation, we are proud of our commitment to inspire others to live a life of generosity. That’s one of the reasons why supporting Youth Villages is such a great fit for us,” said Brittany Logano, JLF vice-chair and secretary, as well as Joey’s wife. “We hope our pledge to support the work this great organization is doing to help foster kids successfully transition to adulthood will encourage others to lend their support as well.” The partnership with JLF comes at a critical time for North Carolina as the number of youth aging out of foster care continues to rise. A recent statewide study shows a 10 percent increase from 2016 in the number of youth aging out of foster care. “We are extremely grateful to the Joey Logano Foundation for recognizing the important work Youth Villages is doing to support children and families, as...

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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’ supporters provide backpacks and supplies for more than 350 children in New England

For the last eight years, the Youth Villages’ Backpack Heroes initiative has been able to alleviate the stress of buying back-to-school supplies for some of New England’s most vulnerable children and families.   Thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers, the 2017 Backpack Heroes was a remarkable success! Youth Villages was able to distribute backpacks filled with new school supplies to more than 350. We couldn’t have done it without your tremendous support! Youth Villages’ Sarah Piekarczyk, Intercept program supervisor, had the opportunity to see first-hand the impact that a backpack can have on a family.   We have been working with a family with four young children that have recently been placed with their great aunt and uncle. The children have experience so much instability in their lives including the death of their mother, and the impending school year was going to be a financial burden. In addition to the cost of going back to school, each of the children has different medical needs and their great aunt and uncle have recently had to quit their jobs in order to raise these children and meet their needs.   Sarah Piekarczyk Intercept program supervisor, Youth Villages The family was sponsored by generous donors and each child received a new outfit, which they definitely needed for school. Their backpacks had the favorite superheroes and cartoon characters on them and...

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

[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”2″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”1″ thumbnail_width=”200″ thumbnail_height=”160″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”9″ number_of_columns=”3″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] 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...

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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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