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A message from our CEO

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Cookeville Nashville Dickson Linden

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(5,>@,(96-79640:, (5+:<**,::-69@6<;/ As we pass through the holidays and into a new year, our work with Middle Tennessee’s youth holds more than just promise for them — we have the potential to transform the way children across the country are helped. We recently announced a partnership with the state to help ensure that every child aging out of foster care can participate in our transitional living program. It is a level of support that is unprecedented, and we’re grateful to be able to partner with such forward-thinking individuals who see how this necessary program helps our former foster youth. But this level of support is bolstered also by our dedicated staff and those who give their time and resources. It shows our youth a level of commitment they may have never seen before. From sprucing up our group homes to taking young people Christmas shopping, our volunteers step up every year to help us provide not only support, but also a lasting happy memory for children in our programs. Because of your efforts, children received holiday presents, school supplies, job trainings, and so much more. Because of you, children in our programs saw and experienced a community that had their back and was willing to get out and show them how to navigate this world. Because of you, many youth who experienced horrible and traumatic childhoods of abuse and neglect saw a community of people who care. I’m excited about the possibilities of 2014, and I’m thankful you’ve chosen to help Youth Villages. Your help has directly affected not only how many young people we’re able to help, but also how much more help we’re able to give each child. Thank you for making that possible.

Paul Bower, Treasurer Jim Barton Jr. Eric Bolton Marietta Davis Judith Edge Nicholas R. Ehlen Jack A. Eiferman Bill Giles Willie Gregory Joanna Jacobson Karole Lloyd Mark Medford Johnny Pitts Pat Ritz Michael Rose Richard W. Talkov Scotland Thede David Tyler Patrick Lawler, CEO Mike Bruns, Chairman Emeritus

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Patrick W. Lawler

Honorary Members

Chief Executive Officer

George Cate Jr.

pat.lawler@youthvillages.org

Mary Cooper

901-251-5000

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The graph above represents the status of Middle Tennessee youth at one year after discharge through December 2013. Figures include only youth who received at least 60 days of service and reflect a response rate of 51 percent.

fellow rookies enjoyed hitting the field for a fun day of activities with the youth. Young people from Youth Villages and other Middle Tennessee youth groups participated in football drills, relay races and a tug-of-war. In addition to a day of fun, it was a good way to reinforce the benefits of being active.

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Thank you to our 2013 sponsors

=(5+,9)03;4)(.63-*3(::0* On April 11, Youth Villages will partner with The Owen Golf Club, an

aways, breakfast, lunch and beverages during the event.

association of Owen Graduate School

Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament was a huge

of Management at Vanderbilt Univer-

success, raising more funds and aware-

sity, to host the third annual charity golf

ness for the transitional living program

tournament called the Vanderbilt MBA

than the previous year.

Golf Classic. Proceeds will benefit Youth

If you are interested in sponsoring

Villagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transitional living program of

or participating in the third annual

Middle Tennessee.

Vanderbilt MBA Golf Classic on April

Golfers will enjoy 18 holes of scenic

11, contact Lyndsay Berry Wilkinson at

golf at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in

615-250-7323 or e-mail lyndsay.berry@

Franklin, contests, door prizes, give-

youthvillages.org.

If you would like to be a sponsor or play in the third annual Vanderbilt MBA Golf Classic Friday, April 11, contact:

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40++3,;,55,::,,(+=0:69@)6(9+/6569:9,+20;,:6*0,;@4,4),9: To celebrate its 25th anniversary of serving children and families, Youth Villages established the Red Kite Society to recognize our special donors - those individuals and institutions who have given $100,000 or more over the years. In September, Youth Villages’ Middle Tennessee advisory board hosted a luncheon to honor the charter members of the Red Kite Society in Middle Tennessee. Patrick Lawler, Youth Villages’ CEO, joined the festivities along with a young woman participating in our transitional living program who represented the thousands of young people whose lives have been dramatically and positively changed through these donors’ tremendous generosity. Above, left to right, are Red Kite Society charter members Brenda Hamburg and Middle Tennessee Advisory Board Co-chair Bill Hamburg, with Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler and J. D. Elliott. Posing for a photo at the luncheon honoring charter members of Youth Villages’ Red Kite Society, left to right, are Youth Villages Middle Tennessee Development Director Patti Bryan, Youth Villages Intercept Director Amanda Futral, Youth Villages Regional Director Nikki Swann, Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler, Jennifer Rhodes, Youth Villages Executive Director of Tennessee Charmaine Kromer, Youth Villages Middle Tennessee Advisory Board Co-chair Betsy Walkup and advisory board member Lele Thompson.

Youth Villages is deeply grateful to the Middle Tennessee Red Kite Society charter members: Brenda and Bill Hamburg, Dell, HCA Foundation, Healthways Foundation, Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund, Ken Melkus, Memorial Foundation and Catharine D. Smith.

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Through a publicprivate partnership with Youth Villages, Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services offers intensive communitybased services to each of the more than 1,000 young people who turn 18 in state custody each year without being reunited with their birth families or being adopted. This makes Tennessee the first in the nation to offer comprehensive services to help all foster children who age out of state custody. “Investing in these young people now will mean huge gains not only for them as individuals but for our communities as a whole far into the future,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. You can help thousands of young people in Tennessee. Please donate or volunteer your time to help someone in our TL program. Call 615-2507200 to learn more.

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hrough the partnership with Tennessee DCS, Youth Villagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transitional living program is in the fourth year of a rigorous randomized evaluation designed to test the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outcomes as compared to traditional services DYDLODEOHLQWKHFRPPXQLW\7KHVWXG\FRRUGLQDWHGE\0'5&DQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WHGXFDWLRQDQGVRFLDOSROLF\UHVHDUFKRUJDnization, and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, has followed more than 1,200 Tennessee young people and should yield preliminary results next year.

A(*/.,;:,5*6<9(.,4,5;:<7769;-964;3796.9(4 Zach agreed to wear long pants if the temperature dropped below freezing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; until then, he was going to wear shorts. And as the temperature outside hovered just above the freezing mark, Zach, in cargo shorts, shared what the transitional living program has meant to him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have done it on my own,â&#x20AC;? he said. Zachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sophomore at Tennessee Tech and plans to teach English at a high school in his hometown. Now 18, Zach entered state custody at 11 years old when his father surrendered his rights. He wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t describe his younger self as stubborn or defiant, but did conclude he had a way of doing things and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open to being told how. He was shuffled through nu-

Zach, right, and TL Specialist Jennifer Dyer

merous foster homes before he found stability. In many ways, it was Zach

tionship and keep up

who changed.

with them.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I matured a lot during that time,â&#x20AC;?

And encourage-

Zach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized I needed to stop

ment and support

burning bridges.â&#x20AC;?

are Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pri-

About a year ago, he entered Youth

mary role with Zach.

Villagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transitional living program.

Transitional living

Jennifer Dyer is his specialist.

partners youth ages

Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked together to help

17-22 with special-

Zach with money management, hous-

ists who support the

ing, insurance and also time manage-

youth in finding safe

ment.

housing, achieving

Zach has an academic scholarship

with trust and is now

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zach does things on his own. But he asks for advice and help. He worked through some issues with trust and is now involved at school and makes friends easily.â&#x20AC;?

involved at school and makes friends easily.â&#x20AC;? In fact, Zach learned quite a bit about forgiveness and friendship. He sat face-to-face with his father after

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Dyer, TL specialist not seeing him for six years, and keeps

stable employment,

up with his biological

with requirements he must continue

continuing education or job training,

to meet. Jennifer has also helped

reuniting with birth families if possi-

Zach maintain relationships, specifi-

ble, and building healthy adult support

is quick to smile. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an asset

cally with his former foster family.

systems.

moving forward.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still close with that family,â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zach does things on his own,â&#x20AC;? Jen-

Jennifer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Zach needed en-

nifer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But he asks for advice and

couragement to maintain that rela-

help. He worked through some issues

family as much as he can. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a generally happy person and

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jennifer has helped me quite a bit,â&#x20AC;? Zach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She keeps me on track.â&#x20AC;?

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+,33>(2,:<7>(33(*,.96<7/64, Longtime community partner Dell Inc. volunteered countless hours with Youth Villages landscaping, planting the garden and painting the interior of the Wallace Group Home. Dell also organized activities for all three group homes that included line dancing workouts, cross training workouts, basketball games and Photoshop and video editing training.

)90+.,:;65,/6:;:*(9,,9+(@ Bridgestone Firestone invited a group of young adults in Youth Villagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transitional living program to its corporate headquarters in Nashville for its annual career day, teaching our youth employment skills. The Bridgestone employees kicked off the day with motivational speakers from different departments at Bridgestone, who shared their career paths and backgrounds. The TL youth also learned about resumes, interviews, professional dress and skill assessments.

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=63<5;,,9:º;(9.,;»;(33>66+.96<7/64,05;,9069 Target employees spent a third summer in a row volunteering with Youth Villages at the Tallwood Group Home, painting the interior of the entire house. They even repainted all of the trim too! Thank you again, Target, for continuing to spend a day during the summer volunteering with Youth Villages. We will see you next year.

6/3/6:;:30-,:2033:>692:/67 OHL’s corporate office in Brentwood organized a life skills workshop for the teens living at the group homes that focused on preparing for the future, setting financial goals and etiquette training.

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79,+(;69:-6<5+(;065:79<*,: <7;(33>66+.96<7/64, The Nashville Predators Foundation volunteered this summer at the Tallwood Group Home, planting a garden and landscaping the front yard.

/,(3;/>(@:+6,::<44,9*3,(505. 3(5+:*(705.(;5(:/=033,(9,(.96<7/64,: Healthways Inc. sent 75 employees to each of the three group homes in Nashville to do some intensive summer cleaning and landscaping.

Hunt Brothers Pizza invited youth in Youth Villages’ group homes to tour their facility and warehouse in Nashville again this year. The employees at Hunt Brothers also organized workshops for our youth that included resumes and interviews, personal branding and professional dress.

Weekly workouts, mock interviews and dress for success: Banana Republic Factory Outlet at Opry Mills steps up to help

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,8<05,;/,9(7@),.05:;/09+@,(96-/,3705.40++3,;,55,::,,*/03+9,5 This spring will start the third year of the equine therapy service activity for children in our therapeutic foster care program. Lead by licensed therapist Dede Beasley, M.Ed., LPC, equine therapy is a fully certified and effective therapeutic activity for helping troubled children overcome lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roadblocks through working with horses. Our many thanks to Mary, Alex and Dee Dee Wade for spearheading the support for this activity. For more information on equine therapy, contact Lyndsay Berry Wilkinson at lyndsay.berry@youthvillages.org.

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Keith Bulluck poses with Youth Villages staff after going back-to-school shopping with 50 young people in Youth Villages programs.

personality Keith Bulluck

lege and playing in the NFL

invited 50 of our youth to

for 11 years after growing

go back-to-school shop-

up in foster care. The event

ping at the Walmart in Cool

ended with a Q&A session

Springs. Each of our youth

where our youth were able

received a gift card to get

to ask Keith questions and

new school supplies, a new

get autographs. Thank you

backpack and new school

again to Keith Bulluck for

uniforms to start the school

organizing the event and

year. Many of the youth

sharing your inspiring story

who participated are in

with our youth and parents

foster care or living at one

in the foster care program.

of Youth Villagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group

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Thank you for supporting Youth Villages The following donors made gifts to Youth Villages between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. The board of directors and staff of Youth Villages gratefully acknowledge these thoughtful contributions. If you made a contribution during this time but it is not listed, please call the Youth Villages Development department at 615-250-7207.

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Thinking of a planned gift? Whether you’re planning such a gift as writing a will or setting up a trust for Youth Villages, we have a portion of our website devoted to donations and planned giving. It contains information that may be valuable to you. Simply go to youthvillages.org/plannedgiving and you’re there. You will find an introduction to

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planned giving, and a category titled “How Can I ...,” which lists all the vehicles included in a plan, including wills and bequests, gifts of appreciated stock or gifts of real estate. In addition, there is a section on “why do I need a will,” a glossary of terms, an estate intention form and much more. For information, please contact Steve Benskin at 901-251-4820 or e-mail steve.benskin@youthvillages.org.

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