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Youth Villages Board of Advocates

Youth Villages’ Board of Advocates comprises prominent individuals who champion our work. Members lend their influence to Youth Villages, helping open doors, generating awareness and sharing the organization’s life-changing message. Fervent believers in the children and young people we serve, advocates support our mission and offer strategic guidance when needed. Perhaps most importantly, these influential people inspire our children to believe that a brighter future is possible.

Scott Budnick

Scott Budnick

Scott Budnick grew up in Atlanta, Ga., and graduated from Emory University in 1999 with degrees in business and film. Formerly the executive vice president of Todd Phillips’ production company, Green Hat Films, Scott executive-produced many successful comedies, including the highest-grossing rated-R comedies in history, The Hangover series. Outside of film, Scott is a fierce champion for children in need. He is a teacher and serves on the advisory board for InsideOUT Writers, is a board member of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and serves on the advisory board for the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy. For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Gov. Jerry Brown named Scott California’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012. In August of 2013, Scott was appointed to the Board of State and Community Assembly by the Speaker of the Assembly, John Perez. In June 2014, Gov. Brown appointed Scott to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Scott is currently launching a new production company along with growing and developing The Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

Molly Ephraim

Molly Ephraim

Molly Ephraim is best known for her role as Mandy Baxter on ABC's comedy "Last Man Standing." Her other credits include films “Paranormal Activity 2” and "College Road Trip," Broadway revivals of "Into the Woods" and "Fiddler on the Roof," and off-Broadway productions of “End Days,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” A native East-Coaster, Molly graduated from Princeton University with a BA in religion. She's inspired by the hard-working scholars of Youth Villages, their perseverance and commitment to continuing education.

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart’s career began at the early age of 4 with various television appearances. She is best known for her roles in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Clarissa Explains It All.” In 1992, Melissa and her mother founded Hartbreak Films production company. Together, they produced “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Melissa and Joey.” Melissa’s ABC Family Original Movie “Holiday in Handcuffs” was the highest-rated program in the history of the network. Melissa was a contestant on the ninth season of “Dancing with the Stars” and has since become an ambassador for Nutrisystem and launched her memoir, “Melissa Explains It All.” She and her husband, Mark Wilkerson, are proud parents of three sons and have launched a boys clothing line, King of Harts, available online. They chose Youth Villages as the line’s charitable partner, with proceeds from the collection’s Louie Tee supporting Youth Villages’ programs. Check out the cool, durable and quality clothes for boys that King of Harts offers and pick up a Louie Tee to support Melissa’s efforts to help our country’s most vulnerable children.

Allison Janney

Allison Janney

Allison Janney is an actress who has built her career through her work in film, television and theater. She is a six-time Emmy Award winner for her television work and has won a Drama Desk Award and earned two Tony Award nominations for her work in the theater. Since 2013, she has starred as Bonnie Plunkett on the CBS sitcom Mom, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She has also played the recurring role of Margaret Scully on the Showtime series Masters of Sex, for which she won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

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Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health bringing help and hope to more than 25,000 children, families and young people across the United States this year. The organization offers a continuum of evidence- and research-based programs, including its two national models: YVIntercept, which offers intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSet, which gives former foster youth a good start on a successful adulthood.
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