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White House social innovation director visits Youth Villages as stop on ‘Community Solutions Tour’

May 5, 2010

Victor Adams (left) and Brandon Taylor speak with Sonal Shah (right), director of the White House Office of Social Innovation. Adams is a Youth Villages counselor and Brandon participates in our Transitional Living program. Shah visited Youth Villages May 4 as part of the White House's Community Solutions Tour.

Youth Villages hosted an honored guest yesterday as Sonal Shah, director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, visited our operations center in Memphis.

Her visit was part of a “Community Solutions Tour” launched in 2009 when President Obama charged the Office of Social Innovation to travel across the country “to find the best community solutions, to learn more about them, and to help spread good ideas across the country.”

Youth Villages was recognized by The White House one year ago today as one of the “innovative, promising ideas that are transforming communities.”

Director Shah writes about why she came to Youth Villages on the White House blog:

“One of the principles underpinning our Office’s mission is the belief that ‘strong programs and organizations measure and evaluate what works and why, continuously improve when presented new information, and invest in the most effective solutions.’ Youth Villages puts that belief into action.” — Sonal Shah, Director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation

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  1. Steven Messer permalink
    August 13, 2010 5:57 pm

    Brandon, it is so nice to see you supporting Youth Villages. And it is equally nice to see Youth Villages supporting you as well.

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