Franklin College of Arts & Sciences: May 2009
Regional Supervisor at Youth Villages
As a 3rd year undergraduate student, I went to the Fall Career Fair at the Classic Center. At that fair, I was able to meet the representatives from Youth Villages, a non-profit that works with children and families, and learn about their summer internship program. After a series of interviews, I was accepted into the internship program. When it was time for graduation the following year, I returned to the Youth Villages table at the Career Fair as a campus representative for the organization.
At Youth Villages, I learned about their Evidentiary Family Restoration ™ (EFR) approach that emphasizes working intensely with both the child and family simultaneously in the community when safely possible. Through EFR, Youth Villages provides measurable outcomes and accountability to both funders and families. The Youth Villages long-term success rate of 80% is nearly twice the national average, compared to traditional services at one-third the cost. I also learned about the new 360 Program for recent college graduates to provide additional training and support as well as leadership development opportunities. I was able to participate in this program in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a year later transferred to the Atlanta office where I was promoted to Clinical Supervisor and then Regional Supervisor for the Intercept program.