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Youth Villages continues impact through Duke Endowment grant

December 9, 2010

Youth Villages is in its third year of a generous $1.8 million grant from The Duke Endowment.

This grant enables Youth Villages to expand services to meet the needs of emotionally troubled children through Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

The MST program operates as an evidence-based service to serve children with behavioral problems by using a multidimensional approach to care.

Through the MST program, youth ages 12-17 work with a counselor over a three-to-five-month period.

The program’s systemic approach is intensive and counselors often work with teachers, neighbors, members of the child’s peer group, extended family and, most importantly, the youth’s parents.

Currently, of the youth served by Youth Villages MST, 90 percent are discharged to their home and 83 percent are living successfully with their families or independently one year after discharge.

Originally awarded in 2008, funding from The Duke Endowment has allowed Youth Villages to become a statewide provider, serving at-risk youth through MST services in both rural and urban communities, including more than 80 counties throughout North Carolina.

“Not only did The Duke Endowment enable us to become a statewide provider and expand the scope of services to communities we serve, but Youth Villages now has a stronger advocacy voice for our most vulnerable youth,” said Annie Smith, Youth Villages state director. “In addition, the philanthropic support helps us to ensure that our counselors receive quality training and supervision to improve measurable outcomes for youth.”

The Duke Endowment, in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by enriching lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, healthcare, rural churches and children’s services. Since its inception in 1924, The Duke Endowment has awarded nearly $2.7 billion in grants.

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