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Youth Villages Spring Celebration raises awareness, more than $550,000 for YVLifeSet program

Youth Villages is grateful to the 230 supporters, including Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker, who joined us Thursday, April 28, as we honored our Massachusetts Founding Board Member, Sandy Edgerley, at our Spring Celebration. The outpouring of generosity from our guests at this year’s event truly blew us away! The event raised over $550,000 to help even more young adults aging out of foster care like Ann (above), through the YVLifeSet program. Together we are giving these young people the gift of a good start! VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THIS WONDERFUL EVENING. It’s not too late to support our YVLifeSet program. Please click here to contribute. If you were unable to attend the event, please watch this short but moving video to hear directly from Ann (below) about how YVLifeSet has helped set her on a path towards...

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Steven Tyler, Award-Winning Director Brett Ratner Bring Intimate Concert Performance To Lincoln Center May 2 to benefit Janie’s Fund

Tickets On Sale Friday, April 8 10 a.m. ET Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steven Tyler today announced his intimate concert performance “STEVEN TYLER…OUT ON A LIMB” at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on May 2. The award-winning director Brett Ratner and the legendary frontman are collaborating on a unique experience to benefit Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s charitable initiative to help girls overcome the trauma of abuse and...

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Starting on path toward a bright future through YVLifeSet

Emily, 18, drove home from class and pulled into her foster mother’s driveway. She stepped out of her new car with a quiet confidence.   “This is where Leslie and I live,” Emily said. “She’s my foster mom and my best friend. Living here has been really good for me.”   Not long ago, Emily had severe anxiety and depression. She grew up with an abusive father, and her mother had bipolar disorder. “Our home was like a war zone,” Emily said. “I felt lost. Mom refused to accept the truth about the abuse. She didn’t take her medication,...

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Steven Tyler launches Janie’s Fund to help girls in need

Musician Steven Tyler announced today the launch of his new signature philanthropic initiative to help girls who have been abused and neglected: Janie’s Fund. A partnership with private nonprofit Youth Villages, Janie’s Fund will raise money and awareness to help Youth Villages provide trauma-informed care and experiential therapies to girls who have histories of being abused and/or neglected. Tyler’s hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun,” originally released Nov. 8, 1989, was born out of a growing desire to speak up for victims of child abuse. Each year, 1 in 5 girls in the United States experiences sexual abuse. “As...

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Youth Villages expands children’s mental health services in Central Oregon

Youth Villages Oregon will expand services to Central Oregon this week to help children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Youth Villages will offer its Intercept intensive in-home services in the area and launch a new program to help children who are seen in hospital emergency rooms for mental health-related issues. To provide the services, Youth Villages Oregon has a new office in Redmond and will employ a supervisor and eight intensive in-home and ER specialists. “We are proud to be working with others in Central Oregon to fill gaps in services for children with very serious mental, emotional and behavioral health needs and their families,” said Rebecca Hancock, executive director of Youth Villages Oregon. Through the program, family intervention specialists with low caseloads meet an average of three times each week in the family’s home at the family’s convenience. Specialists are on call 24/7 to help in case of family emergencies and work in the home, community, neighborhood and school. “Our Intercept intensive in-home program provides help to the entire family, not just the child,” Hancock said. “It helps strengthen families so they can help their children.” The organization’s ER diversion program will help children who are seen for mental health issues in area hospitals receive the most effective help and support. “Our specialists assess and evaluate children under the...

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