ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 10, 2018) – Youth Villages received a $30,000 grant from the Evergreen Foundation in Waynesville. The contribution will support Youth Villages’ YVLifeSet program, in Western North Carolina, which supports young people ages 17-22 who are leaving foster care.

“This grant from the Evergreen Foundation will help us provide our YVLifeSet participants a successful transition into adulthood,” said George Edmonds, assistant director of Youth Villages Western North Carolina region. “We tailor our support with the tools they so desperately need in order to be the best adults they can be, as well as make lifelong positive changes.”

In 2016, Youth Villages launched YVLifeSet to help youth make a successful transition to adulthood. The program has been proven to decrease instances of homelessness, incomplete education, a cycle of unemployment, early parenthood, health issues, substance abuse, and sometimes incarceration. YVLifeSet is committed to ensuring every young person in the state who ages out of foster care will have access to this outcome-based program by 2020. Since the program launched in the region a year ago, Youth Villages North Carolina has helped more than 25 former foster youth with the transition into adulthood.

About the Evergreen Foundation

The mission of the Evergreen Foundation is to improve access to and public awareness of quality prevention, treatment, and support services by the provider community to individuals and families with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and/or substance abuse needs in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. To learn more about the Evergreen Foundation, visit the website at www.evergreenfoundationnc.org.

About Youth Villages North Carolina

Youth Villages North Carolina is a private nonprofit organization that helps children and young adults with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues live successfully. The organization provides YVIntercept, Youth Villages’ intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSet, one of the country’s most effective programs to help former foster youth become productive, independent adults. Since 2005, Youth Villages has helped more than 13,000 children, families and young people in North Carolina from offices in Asheville, Boone, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh-Durham, Louisburg and Waynesville. For more information, visit youthvillages.org/northcarolina.