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Women’s Impact Fund grants $100,000 to support transition-age foster youth through Youth Villages

May 17, 2019 | News Releases, Uncategorized

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 13, 2019) – Youth Villages has received $100,000 from Women’s Impact Fund for its YVLifeSet program that helps transition-age foster youth in the Charlotte area become independent adults.

The grant was announced at the annual meeting of Women’s Impact Fund today at UNC Charlotte Center City. A total of $421,000 was awarded to six local nonprofits in the areas of arts and culture, education, health, human services and environment.

“We are grateful for this grant from the Women’s Impact Fund,” said Paul Enderson, executive director of Youth Villages North Carolina. “The strongest communities are those that invest in their youth. Because of our public/private partnership with the state of North Carolina, the funding will be matched, bringing the total investment to $300,000.”

YVLifeSet is a community-based program that pairs young people with specialists who are specifically trained in navigating the complexities of the transition to adulthood. Specialists have small caseloads and see young people face-to-face at least once each week, helping them set and achieve their goals around housing, transportation, education, employment, health and relationships through experiential learning.

“We are excited to award a grant to Youth Villages for YVLifeSet,” said Anna McClelland, chair of Women’s Impact Fund’s Grants committee. “We look forward to Youth Villagesputting these funds towards important work in our community.”

About Women’s Impact Fund
Since 2003, Women’s Impact Fund has amplified the significant role women play in philanthropy. Its mission is to strengthen communities by maximizing women’s leadership in philanthropy through collective giving, education and member engagement. With approximately 500 members, the organization has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country and continues to create powerful change within Mecklenburg County. To date, Women’s Impact Fund has made 76 grants totaling nearly $5.9 million. For more information, visit

About Youth Villages
Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health. In North Carolina, we offer intensive services to strengthen, restore and reunite families and to help young people who age out of foster care get a good start on independent adulthood. Last year, thousands of children, families and young people were helped by specialists working from offices in Asheville, Boone, Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Greenville, Louisburg, Pinehurst, Raleigh-Durham, Waynesville and Wilmington. Learn more at

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