Friday, June 19, 2015

Reach Out Friday: Youth Villages


The third Friday of every month is Reach Out Friday! Learn about ways that you can use crochet to help others through special charities and groups. Today's featured charity is Youth Villages.

Overview
Youth Villages has an extensive list of services for children and families, providing adoption services, foster care, mentoring, crisis services and more. They are invested in reaching disadvantaged children, specifically those with emotional and behavioral issues, and families and helping them through their most challenging moments.

Mission Statement
"Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 23,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration™ approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.

Our Mission: Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully."
Reach Out!
Are you reading to make a difference in the lives of children and families? Many Youth Village locations accept donations of clothing and household items, so your crochet items may be appreciated. Also, teaching a troubled young person to crochet would provide them with a creative outlet for difficult emotions. You could donated your time by teaching kids to crochet. Finally, for those centers with crafts programs already in place, a donation of yarn, hooks, and needles would allow them to continue to provide crochet activities to young people. So many ways to get involved! Why not reach out today?

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