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Our Stories

Become A Sponsor

Youth Villages starts with YOU.

Join the 2021 Spring Challenge to raise $1 million for at-risk youth to access the critical life-changing services of LifeSet. Your IMPACT WILL BE DOUBLED with a matching gift from the Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire Board.

The demand for LifeSet services has increased throughout the pandemic and there is a surge in mental health crises throughout the community. Youth Villages provides critical and essential services to help young adults work through life’s challenges as they transition to independent adulthood.

LifeSet also helps these young adults avoid homelessness, incarceration and unemployment. Youth Villages is filling the gap in services created by the pandemic and is there for life’s hardest moments. With your help, we can give even more young people the gift of an independent and rewarding future.

Why we need YOUR help!

Imagine you are 18, about to age out of foster care and have nowhere to go and no one to help you. What would you do? Where would you turn? This is the reality for young adults who need LifeSet.

Our clinical team has continued to provide essential in-person services alongside telehealth throughout the pandemic and has been the critical lifeline these young adults need.

In 2020, more young people needed our services than ever before. Youth Villages saw unprecedented demand and experienced a 20% growth in our overall services. We need your help to meet the increased demand for the essential services that will directly impact the lives of young people who rely on LifeSet to reach their full potential.

What is LifeSet?

LifeSet is the bridge from foster care to successful adulthood and it is the only clinically proven program to deliver evidence-based practices to at-risk youth who don’t have access to the support they deserve. For many of us, we had a parent or community member that helped us through life’s challenges. These young people do not have that support system to rely on. YOU can make a difference by providing them with the essential services of LifeSet.

Massachusetts LifeSet Impact numbers

Jose’s Story

LifeSet participant Jose

Jose’s parents had a violent relationship and his dad struggled with substance abuse. Jose supported his mother and little brother through the ups and downs with his dad. He had to take on an adult role within his family and was forced to grow up a little quicker as a result. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jose worked in a local restaurant. His job was crucial for his family as he and his mom were the sole providers for the household. He took it upon himself to provide as much as he possibly could for his mom and younger brother. But, the crush to the economy brought on by the coronavirus led to Jose getting laid off. Jose grew increasingly concerned about how his family would survive without his income. Jose’s LifeSet specialist helped Jose find a new job and Youth Villages helped Jose and his family meet their basic needs by providing gift cards for groceries and essential items.

Youth Villages MA/NH Board

Peter Campanella, Chair | Amy Crate | Amanda Eisel | Paul Grogan | Ryan Hayden | Joanna Jacobson | Beth Klarman | Sharon Liszanckie | Pamela Giasson Lynch | Yvette Lowenthal-Mulderry | Mark O’Donnell | Helen Chin Schlichte | Kevin Tabb | Wendy Vincent | Pramila Yadav
Matt Stone, Executive Director
Katie Dilly, Development Director

Accolades at Youth Villages

Youth Villages offers programs and services to help children, families and young people with emotional and behavioral issues. Learn more about our accolades, honors and recognition.

2020 Recipient of the National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service

Patrick W. Lawler, CEO, is a 2020 recipient of the National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged – called the Nobel Prize for service — awarded by Multiplying Good, the nation’s leading nonprofit fueling personal growth and leadership through public service.

Results for America’s Nonprofit Fellow

Lawler is a Results for America’s Nonprofit Fellow, a group founded in 2016 to harness the collective experience, insights and recommendations of a select group of well-known and well-respected nonprofit CEOs committed to evidence-based solutions to inform public policy and improve the impact of public investments.

Mario Morino’s Leap of Reason Ambassadors

He also joins other national nonprofit leaders as one of philanthropist Mario Morino’s Leap of Reason Ambassadors. The group is committed to bringing high-performance solutions to address society’s most challenging problems.

“America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report

He was recognized as one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Founding Sponsors


Force for Families

Barbara and Amos Hostetter

Stephanie and Brian Spector

Red Kite

Amy and David Abrams
Amy and Darrell Crate
Yvette Lowenthal-Mulderry and Peter Mulderry
Kristin and Paul Marcus

Gift of a Good Start

JPMorgan Chase and Co.

Michelle and Bob Atchinson
Monica and Peter Campanella
Amanda Eisel and John Becker
Barbara and Michael Eisenson
Frieze Family Fund
Lisa and Michael Josephson
Jessica and Josh Lutzker
The Mannion Family
The Purcell Family Charitable Fund
Jill and Michael Stansky
Jen and Seth Stier

Community Partner

Carrie and Timothy Burr
Janice and Ralph James
Helen Chin Schlichte
Caron and Kevin Tabb
Dr. Pramila Yadav

YV Partner

Sarah Hancock
Jenny Mak and Rob Swartz
The Youth Villages Leadership Council

Champions for Children

Convertiv LogoSentinel Benefits GroupLinda and Michael Frieze
Rekha Madan Hayden and Ryan Hayden
Pamela and Tom Lynch
Jenna and Mark O’Donnell
Parker Family Fund
Emily and Michael Speicher
Wendy and Andy Vincent