He ensured that his support of Windham County youth would outlive him.

In June, the organization's longest-standing board member, Jesse Corum IV lost his fight with pancreatic cancer after a six-month battle.

 "We mourn Jesse's death," stated Barbara Gentry, Youth Services' board president at the time. "Jesse's passing is a tremendous loss for his family, our community and Youth Services. We are indebted to his kindness and fortunate as an organization to benefit from his lasting contributions." 

As a founding Legacy Club member, Jesse Corum ensured that his support of Windham County youth would outlive him by making Youth Services a beneficiary in his will. He also made a leadership gift to its Endowment Fund. 

Explaining his reasons for providing for the future of Youth Services, Jesse asked, "If you can keep on giving after you're gone, why not help the one aspect of a society that can help ensure it has a positive future — its youth?"

Read more: Jesse Corum IV is remembered as dedicated Youth Services leader


PRESS RELEASE: August 29, 2014

Youth Services Parners Artists and Youth to Renovate Harmony Parking Lot Mural

Youth Services is undertaking a renovation of their wall mural in Harmony Parking Lot by partnering with area artists this fall.  The popular book motif will remain, but instead be rendered as a “visual library of artist’s websites,” according to organizers.

“Each book in the mural will showcase the talents and website of a working visual artist from Windham County, explained Youth Services’ Karen Cribari, who together with muralist Scot Borofsky have stewarded this project through the town of Brattleboro’s approval process.  “Because we also want area youth to benefit, preference will be given to artists who agree to mentor youth during the process."

The original bookcase was executed in 2007 over the course of a week by youth working with community members on a design by graphic artist Chris Grotke, who had won the community-wide competition held by Youth Services.

Read more: Artist and youth partner to refurbish mural



Kimberley Diamond is hired as Mentoring Director

Youth Services has hired Kimberley Diemond as Director of Mentoring for the organization.  In addition to serving as program manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters, she will also provide oversight of the agency’s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) which serves youth ages 13-17 in need of extra support at three high schools in Windham County.

Julie Davenson, Youth Services’ executive director, said they are fortunate to have Diemond assume this leadership position for their mentoring programs. “Experience working with low-income youth and families, skills in fundraising and volunteer management, and a passionate belief in the transformative nature of mentoring are all skills that Kimberley brings to this position,” stated Davenson.

Read more: Director of Mentoring Hired

PRESS RELEASE: June 15, 2014

Tom Nunziata Elected President

On July 1 Tom Nunziata assumed the role of President of the Youth Services Board of Directors, taking the reins from Barbara Gentry whose two-year term has just ended.

Nunziata has been on the agency’s Board of Directors for the past three years in a number of leadership positions. During his tenure on the Youth Services board, Nunziata listed Vice President and Golf Tournament Committee Chair among his roles.  He is on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Committee and on the agency’s finance, governance and development committees.   He has served as a mentor in Youth Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program since 2011.

Tom Nunziata has lived in the Brattleboro area since 1973 with his wife Gail, and retired four years ago after 36 years with United Natural Foods as Vice President of Purchasing. He is also currently on the board of the Friends of Algiers Village in Guilford.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on the legacy of strong leadership at Youth Services and contributing to the great work we do for the youth of our community, ” Nunziata said.

Youth Services was founded forty-three years ago to help youth and families in Windham County thrive. In that time they have helped countless young people become productive citizens through such programs as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Court Diversion, Intensive Family-Based Services, Case Management and Career Development.

To learn how you can get involved, visit or call (802) 257-0361.


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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