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Georgia State Senate recognizes ‘Youth Villages Georgia Day’ in resolution

February 15, 2011

Youth Villages professionals, Leni, Kirby, and Barbara hold Senate Resolution 141 while sharing the mission of Youth Villages with legislators and guests of the Capitol.

The Georgia State Senate has officially proclaimed Feb. 15, 2011, as “Youth Villages Georgia Day” at the State Capitol.

Our organization began serving Georgia in 2008 with intensive in-home services in the Atlanta area and, in 2009, merged with Inner Harbour, one of the state’s largest intensive residential treatment centers located on 1,200 wooded acres just outside Atlanta in Douglasville.

Learn more about Youth Villages’ work in Georgia and how you can support our mission and join The Force for Families.

To honor Youth Villages, Senators Bill Hamrick and Donzella James offered Senate Resolution 141:

A RESOLUTION

Recognizing February 15, 2011, as Youth Villages Georgia Day at the state capitol; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, Youth Villages is a nonprofit organization which began in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1986 by Patrick W. Lawler and now serves children, youth, and their families in ten states; and

WHEREAS, Youth Villages expanded its work by moving to Georgia in 2008 in part to help with children involved in the Kenny A. consent decree and specifically to work with vulnerable children and youth who often wind up in state custody; and

WHEREAS, with a mission to help children and families live successfully, Youth Villages believes that strong families ensure that each child has a functioning family and a safe, permanent home, which in turn results in safer neighborhoods and better communities for everyone; and

WHEREAS, Youth Villages serves children and their families in the metro area of Atlanta through their Intercept program and in Douglasville with their psychiatric residential treatment facility, Inner Harbour; and

WHEREAS, Youth Villages works with children who receive referrals from Georgia’s Departments of Human Services, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and Juvenile Justice; and

WHEREAS, a nationally recognized model for working with vulnerable children, youth, and their families, Youth Villages garners an 80 percent success rate on the children and youth they serve, preventing them from re-entering the state’s system or ending up in the court systems; and
WHEREAS, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the outstanding accomplishments of this distinguished organization, its staff, and its volunteers be appropriately recognized for their work to help children and youth and their families.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body extend a warm greeting to Youth Villages Georgia, its staff, and its volunteers; commend their past, present and future work on behalf of children, youth, and their families in this state and throughout our nation; and recognize February 15, 2011, as Youth Villages Georgia Day at the state capitol.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Youth Villages Georgia.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Leanne G Parson permalink
    February 15, 2011 12:06 pm

    I am so totally pumped, about this. The Staff at Youth Villages never cease to amaze me. Congratulations to all of you who set forth the time and effort to make this company what it is today. A Force For Families. I am so proud to be apart of such a talented and professional group of people, who care so much about the children that they are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that each child is cared for in their own unique way. 🙂

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