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Getting the word out about Youth Villages

August 2, 2010

We’ve begun a promising 2010 helping children and families live successfully.

On this blog, learn about Brandon, who is in our Transitional Living program. Brandon’s story is compelling not because of what happened to him but what he is able to accomplish despite it.

Patrick W. Lawler, Youth Villages CEO

Brandon was our featured guest during a recent visit from Sonal Shah, director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Shah visited the Operations Center to learn more about our programs as part of a national fact-finding tour identifying effective community organizations.

Our recent Youth Villages 5K was a huge success. More than 1,600 people participated. Thanks to the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and our other sponsors, more than $76,000 was raised to benefit Youth Villages’ programs.

Also, Youth Villages recently was named one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For by the NonProfit Times. Employees were surveyed across our organization, answering questions about how well Youth Villages plans and takes care of employees. Do they enjoy working with their co-workers? Are there opportunities for advancement?

It’s an honor to achieve this national accolade, and it speaks strongly to our mission and values – we’re committed to helping children and families. But our volunteers, donors and fundraising events are also an important part of what makes Youth Villages great. It is generous and faithful supporters who make our work possible.

Each day, we have the opportunity to help a child learn to live successfully. Each day, we can make a small step to help another.

Patrick W. Lawler
Youth Villages CEO

One Comment leave one →
  1. Linda Warren Seely permalink
    August 9, 2010 7:06 pm


    My son, Warren Edwards, is one of the teacher counselors at the Dogwood Village site in Memphis. A group of attorneys from the Memphis Bar Association sponsored a fun day for Warren’s cabin and we had a great time.

    Thanks for doing a great job.

    Linda Warren Seely, Esq.
    Secretary, Memphis Bar Association

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