Today our CEO, Pat Lawler will receive the distinguished National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged. Thanks to The Daily Memphian for beautifully sharing Pat's story. bit.ly/2G3DqVV
Every year, approximately 20,000 young people, like Ary, age out of the child welfare system. Turning 18, she was proud to have achieved high school graduation; completed the broadcast and video production course at Frances Tuttle Technical Center; and enrolled at Oklahoma State University to major in entrepreneurship. But obstacles began to hit fast and led Ary to being connected to one of our LifeSet specialist.
“My LifeSet Specialist, Hannah Bluege, really took the time to build a relationship with me,” Ary said. “I have so much to talk about, but I don’t like to let people in all the time. She took the time to let me work at my own pace. She’s persistent and caring and that means a lot to someone who doesn’t have anyone.”
Though some obstacles, including Covid-19, have paused her work, Ary continues to be an advocate for other transition-age youth. She’s looking forward to getting back to work and saving money to return to college. Read Ary's full story: bddy.me/3mLBPoG... See MoreSee Less
Every year, approximately 20,000 young people turn 18 in child welfare systems without ever being reunited with their biological family. Ary, a young woman receiving help in Youth Villages Oklahoma’s LifeSet program experienced the ups and downs of that big birthday.
When Covid-19 first hit earlier this year, there was panic, hysteria and confusion. In spite of it all, our staff, like Kendra Dzingle, did not hesitate to leap into action! Kendra knew that with schools and businesses closing, families would be under incredible stress and, in some cases, worrying how to feed their children without school. Kendra created an internal document full of resources for her families and even got her colleagues involved. They added to the list when a new resource was found, allowing everyone an easy way to share information. This meant families had access to more resources than they might otherwise through a single specialist. "Kendra said, let’s figure it out – they need resources,” said Christina, a Youth Villages Program Representative. “Families are now laid off, and let’s think about how can we help them more.” Visit the link for Kendra's full story.
Though recent documentaries and discoveries have brought new light to child trafficking, this epidemic is, unfortunately, not new. In times like these, it's important to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect children from people who would do them harm. Our very own Colby Jonas spoke with WREG News Channel 3 about ways to be vigilant in protecting your children.
Amani, 19, spent over three years in the foster care system due to instability in her home. LifeSet has helped Amani learn critical life skills. “In the beginning I struggled with balancing school, paying bills, knowing what paperwork I need to have,” she said, “but luckily I had my specialist to walk me through everything.”
Even in her struggles to balance life, Amani continues to push through to meet her full potential and continue to work towards her primary focus: her education. She is currently a sports management major at the University of Memphis and we can’t wait to see the bright future ahead of her! We believe in her and thanks to your support, she is on the track to success.
Annually, 20,000 youth age out of foster care, and they are often left with little to no resources to transition successfully into adulthood. LifeSet™, an evidence-informed program model developed by Youth Villages, is the bridge from foster care to successful adulthood for thousands of transition...