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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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Time in with Dr. Tim: Five ways to talk with teens

By Tim Goldsmith, Ph.D When children are young, parenting can seem straightforward. We understand what our child needs and can provide for them. But then come the teen years. Our happy child becomes moody, hanging less with family and more with friends, their world secreted from ours. At this stage of development, adolescents need more independence and privacy. Our role shifts too, from caregiver to coach, allowing our teens to make more of their own decisions as they work towards independence. But relaxing our role too much can be harmful, as kids face a myriad of issues between ages...

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Second Annual KiteTales event a success for former foster youth in North Carolina

Youth Villages North Carolina recently celebrated KiteTales: Stories that Soar, an annual event to support youth aging out of foster care. The second annual event – sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas – drew more than 130 supporters and raised more than $52,000 to benefit the increasing number of youth aging out of foster care in the state. All proceeds from this year’s event will support the Youth Villages YVLifeSet program, which helps former foster youth make a successful transition to adulthood. Youth Villages launched YVLifeSet in North Carolina in 2008. The program helps former foster youth complete their education, secure safe housing, find a job and maintain employment, learn to handle finances and reconnect with family when appropriate. “The KiteTales event was simply an amazing evening and an opportunity to help youth aging out of foster care find healing, hope and success,” KiteTales Committee Chair Nan Gray said. She is also a member of the Youth Villages North Carolina board. “I’m honored to serve with an organization that is making such a difference for foster care youth in Charlotte and proud to be part of the Youth Villages team as we help these vulnerable young people thrive in adulthood.” The evening featured a keynote address from New York Times best-selling author Vanessa Diffenbaugh who shared her family’s personal experience with foster care and adoption. Diffenbaugh is also a national...

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Youth Villages’ counselors help teen overcome challenges

By Shayne Dotson Adrian was born in prison and his childhood was a nightmare of abuse. He thought his life would never get better, and the only way to end his suffering was to commit suicide. Finally, he came to Youth Villages for help in one of the intensive residential centers. “When I came here I just wanted to die,” Adrian said. “It just wasn’t worth living anymore.” At Youth Villages, Adrian found a strong support system, people who helped him realize his life is important, and that it is possible to live a normal life. Counselor Chanel Townsend...

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