PRESS RELEASE: November 20, 2014

Share the Love campaign at Brattleboro Subaru benefits area young people

Brattleboro Subaru has chosen Youth Services as its “Hometown Charity” to receive donations during the six weeks-long “Share the Love” national sales event from November 20 through January 2.

For every new vehicle purchased or leased, $250 from Subaru of America and potentially an extra $100 per sale from the local dealership, will be donated to the owner’s choice of participating charities.  Every dollar donated to Youth Services will provide essential transformative prevention, intervention and development programs for young people and families in Windham County communities.

Read more: Buying a Subaru by January benefits local youth

PRESS RELEASE: November 19, 2014

Director takes seat at Regional White House Summit

Bridgeport, CT--Youth Services Executive Director, Julie Davenson was invited to attend the White House Regional Pay for Success Summit in Bridgeport, CT November 18, following her remarks on Social Impact Bonds at the Vermont State House this summer, where she championed the concept to legislators.

“It is promising that Pay for Success has bi-partisan support on the federal level announcing over $300 million in the fiscal year 2015 budget to accelerate Pay for Success,” Davenson said.  

Pay for Success is a relatively new approach to nonprofit financing in which private investors literally pay nonprofits when agreed upon goals are reached. It mobilizes private investment capital to expand the operations of highly effective nonprofit social service providers. An outcomes payor (generally a government body) commits to making performance-based payments to compensate investors, if and only if a rigorous evaluation of the program’s results shows that the desired social outcomes were achieved.

Read more: Davenson pushes for Social Impact Bonds in Vermont to help fund effective nonprofits

PRESS RELEASE: November 19, 2014

Youth Services loses one of its biggest champions:

Richard Guthrie, former Police Chief of Brattleboro, dies at 75

Dick Guthrie had held just about every law enforcement job there is.  Starting at age 21, as the youngest police officer hired by the Brattleboro Police department, he moved from juvenile officer to Police Chief to the Sheriff of Windham County.  For five decades his career was intimately intertwined with Youth Services.

Early on, Guthrie’s avowed goal in life was to become a police officer and wear that badge, like the two officers who walked by his South Main Street house each day on their way to report for duty.  He recalls that he’d get permission from his mother to escort these officers, Angus McKenna and Richard Jones, down the hill to the Holstein Building.  “I wanted to be like them,” Guthrie said.  “They were always reaching out to you, talking.” 

Guthrie soon knew the names of every police officer in Brattleboro.  Another mentor, Sheriff Patrick J. O’Keefe, would stand on the corner of Main and Elliot daily.  As Guthrie and his classmates walked home from St. Michaels’ at lunchtime, O’Keefe would greet each of them by name.  “When we got our report card he would always ask to see it and how we were doing in school,” Guthrie recounted.  Building rapport like this with youth in the community became one of Guthrie’s goals as he followed in his mentor’s footsteps.

Read more: Dick Guthrie & Youth Services: An Essential Partnership

PRESS RELEASE: November 1, 2014

Youth Services Hires Director of Family Services

Brattleboro—Youth Services has hired Julie Schliebner, MSW, LICSW as Director of Family Services for the organization.  She is providing oversight of the agency’s Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS), Balanced and Restorative Justice program (BARJ), Youth Development Program (YDP) and Basic Center Program for Runaway and Homeless Youth. She also serves as clinical supervisor for the staff.

Read more: Julie Schliebner direct Family Services at the agency

Welcome to Youth Services

Since 1972 we have been dedicated to helping families thrive. Our mission is to strengthen relationships and support systems to advance the health development of children, youth and families.

Assisting individuals living in Windham County, Vermont and neighboring towns in New Hampshire, Youth Services can help with problems ranging from the challenges associated with growing up to homelessness, to substance abuse or trouble with the law.

Each year, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and partially funded through individual and foundation donations, this private nonprofit works with an average of 2,000 children, young people and adults. We strive to ensure all clients receive services, regardless of their ability to pay.

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