8 episodes

Each episode we hear from an employee who has overcome personal situations in life, which have served as their “WHY” behind their choosing this career path. Each episode, employees talk about how they are using those experiences for good to help youth and families in Youth Villages programs.

Stronger Than You Think Youth Villages

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Each episode we hear from an employee who has overcome personal situations in life, which have served as their “WHY” behind their choosing this career path. Each episode, employees talk about how they are using those experiences for good to help youth and families in Youth Villages programs.

    Nurse Lyndsey | "We Find The Spark No One Else Sees"

    Nurse Lyndsey | "We Find The Spark No One Else Sees"

    Rendering medical services to children who have interwoven physical and mental health needs is something that even the best nursing schools can’t prepare you for. Lyndsey Lewis, like many professionals on her team of nurses, learned through doing and navigating relationships with children under her care. Early in her career, she recognized the life experiences of children at Youth Villages made honest and clear health care relationships important, so she turned to one of the organization’s core tenants for guidance: always do what you say you’re going to do. With this mindset, she has built trust among her youth and team, confronting the most medically and emotionally challenging cases with a desire to create positive outcomes through innovative care.Links from the show
    Join the force for families. View open Nursing positions here.

    Full show description

    www.youthvillages.org/podcast

    Social Media

    LinkedIn – linkedin.com/school/youth-villages


    Instagram - @youthvillages


    Facebook - @youthvillages


    YouTube - youtube.com/user/youthvillages



    Privacy PolicyAll rights reserved. “Youth Villages” is a registered service mark owned by Youth Villages®, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 58-1716970). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
    Youth Villages® is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
    youthvillages.org/privacy-statement/

    • 29 min
    Latoria | "This Is Why We Do What We Do"

    Latoria | "This Is Why We Do What We Do"

    Deeply rooted empathy is often born from life experiences. Latoria Jenkins’ connections with her Youth Villages youth and families are a prime example. Because she navigated years of her older sister’s mental health crises, she is uniquely equipped to walk alongside youth and their families as they work through similar circumstances. And because this has been part of her life story, it makes sense that she frames her career in Youth Villages’ residential program as a lifestyle. Daily, she revels in the opportunity to support children, providing second chances and a new perspective among those who don’t often get them. She sees that as her goal: to leave children with new skills so they can radically change their lives.Links from the show:

    Learn more about our residential services.



    Building relationships that heal in Youth Villages’ residential programs


    Join the force for families. View open positions in residential here.


    Full show description:

    www.youthvillages.org/podcast


    Social Media

    LinkedIn – linkedin.com/school/youth-villages


    Instagram - @youthvillages


    Facebook - @youthvillages


    YouTube - youtube.com/youthvillages


    Privacy PolicyAll rights reserved. “Youth Villages” is a registered service mark owned by Youth Villages®, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 58-1716970). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
    Youth Villages® is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
    youthvillages.org/privacy-statement/

    • 38 min
    Carl | "I Can't Run From It If I Come From It"

    Carl | "I Can't Run From It If I Come From It"

    Carl Davis’ path to Youth Villages can be outlined through several significant figures: two drug-addicted parents, four siblings who became involved with the justice system, 11 funerals attended for victims of gun violence and countless times when he chose a different path for his life than that of the people he loved. Now, 14 years later, Carl is the Director of Operations for Memphis Allies, a collaborative initiative launched by Youth Villages to reduce gun violence. He still relies upon lessons learned from one of the first young people he helped: consistency, connection and a conscious choice to see the good in people are all things that ignite change and create opportunities for a better future. What takes form is different for each relationship – and his decision to invest in the lives of children and youth at every stage of his career is what saw him move from an overnight teacher counselor to a director of operations.Links from the show:

    Join the force for families. View open positions with Memphis Allies and Residential



    Helping Young Men Choose a Different Path


    Full show description:
    www.youthvillages.org/podcast
    Social Media

    LinkedIn – linkedin.com/school/youth-villages


    Instagram - @youthvillages


    Facebook - @youthvillages


    YouTube - youtube.com/youthvillages


    Privacy PolicyAll rights reserved. “Youth Villages” is a registered service mark owned by Youth Villages®, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 58-1716970). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
    Youth Villages® is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
    youthvillages.org/privacy-statement/

    • 34 min
    Dennis | "There's More Here Than Just The Bottom Line"

    Dennis | "There's More Here Than Just The Bottom Line"

    A life spent helping others is a life worth living. Dennis McBee knew this was his purpose, but the road to a career supporting families was a winding one. As a young man, he struggled to overcome loss and poverty –and all of the challenges associated with being poor and a self-proclaimed “geek” growing up in South Memphis. While the path wasn’t always smooth, there were people along the way who helped him dream of a brighter future, and he knows the power of that type of hope. Now, he uses his story to connect with children and families served by Youth Villages, building plans and envisioning opportunities beyond their wildest dreams. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains references to suicide (suicidal ideation) that may be triggering and difficult to hear. This trigger warning is to empower you as the listener to make a healthy decision about if/when and how you should consume this podcast. Links from the show Learn more about our intensive in-home services. Our intensive in-home services program’s new rating allows states to receive federal funding. Read how Intercept has helped Lexi and her family in Massachusetts. Join the force for families. View open positions here. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 Full show description www.youthvillages.org/podcast Social Media LinkedIn – linkedin.com/school/youth-villages Instagram - @youthvillages Facebook - @youthvillages YouTube - youtube.com/user/youthvillages   Privacy Policy All rights reserved. “Youth Villages” is a registered service mark owned by Youth Villages®, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 58-1716970). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Youth Villages® is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. youthvillages.org/privacy-statement/

    • 34 min
    Whitney | "Our Success Means Kids Stay In Their Community"

    Whitney | "Our Success Means Kids Stay In Their Community"

    When you pour your life into your work, you want your company to pour back into you. That's the reciprocal relationship that Whitney Malone found at Youth Villages. In her 11 years with the organization, she has used her life to impact hundreds of children in our residential programs –  and the unique culture at Youth Villages has not only kept her with the organization but has propelled her to grow as a professional. Through the story of her upbringing, collegiate basketball experience and decade-long investment in our children, Whitney provides listeners with a glimpse into the career-building mentality that exists among the Youth Villages team and how hard work begets opportunities to grow, learn and succeed. Links from the show: Learn more about all occupational therapy and our residential services. Building relationships that heal in Youth Villages’ residential programs. Join the force for families. View open positions in residential here. Full show description www.youthvillages.org/podcast Social Media LinkedIn – linkedin.com/school/youth-villages Instagram - @youthvillages Facebook - @youthvillages YouTube - youtube.com/user/youthvillages   Privacy Policy All rights reserved. “Youth Villages” is a registered service mark owned by Youth Villages®, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 58-1716970). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Youth Villages® is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. youthvillages.org/privacy-statement/

    • 44 min
    Merry | "Society Would Have Thrown Him Away"

    Merry | "Society Would Have Thrown Him Away"

    Sometimes, all it takes for a child to find a new path forward is the faith of one person. Clinical Supervisor Merry Byers knows from her upbringing, a career in law enforcement and her time at Youth Villages that thousands of young people find themselves on the outskirts of society, susceptible to crime, violence and unthinkable tragedy. But, the intervention of one person can make a world of difference. In this episode of Stronger Than You Think, Byers tells the story of her unconventional path to social work and how her current professional endeavor in intensive in-home services for juvenile court-involved youth is inspired by all of her lived experiences. Links from the show: Join the force for families. View open positions with Memphis Allies and Intercept® Read an article about Memphis Allies, Youth Villages’ new gun violence initiative. Join the force for families. Apply for employment here. Full show description: www.youthvillages.org/podcast Social Media LinkedIn - linkedin.com/school/youth-villages/ Instagram - @youthvillages Facebook - @youthvillages YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/youthvillages    Listen to this episode on: Apple Spotify Google Play Amazon Music YouTube Privacy Policy All rights reserved. “Youth Villages” is a registered service mark owned by Youth Villages®, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 58-1716970). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Youth Villages® is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. youthvillages.org/privacy-statement/

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

MusicBelle1111 ,

Inspiring and insightful

The people on the front lines of organizations like Youth Villages are doing the hard work! And each of these individuals so far - wow. Just wow. What an honor to hear their stories!

Tpm0008 ,

A unique perspective

I really enjoyed hearing directly from the organization’s CEO. You can tell from his episode that he is deeply invested in not only Youth Villages mission, but in its team. Excited to hear what they have coming in future episodes!

chrissywiththecommute ,

Love

So good

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