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White House again lauds Youth Villages as a leader in social innovation

July 9, 2010

In her keynote address for the opening session of the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New York City last week, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes held up Youth Villages as setting a great example for social services organizations:

And think about Youth Villages, which Sonal Shah – the Director of my Social Innovation team — visited in Memphis as part of our Community Solutions Tour….In 1994, Youth Villages decided to focus on a home-based model to help children struggling to overcome serious emotional or behavior challenges. Since then, they have seen remarkable results, with large numbers of kids integrating successfully into their communities while being served in a more cost-effective way. For that reason, Youth Villages can now be found in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine if we could help every child with these challenges reintegrate into their community? Youth Villages tells us it’s possible. — White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes

Watch her address:

You can read the entire address at The White House blog. Click here for the blog post chronicling Sonal Shah’s visit to Youth Villages in May.

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