NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | July 2017

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NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | July 2017

NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | July 17, 2017

Corporate Volunteers Share Time with YIN

Between April and June, more than 30 employees from Burns & McDonnell shared time with various Youth In Need programs. They provided eight dinners at the Emergency Shelter, spent some time with children at Head Start East’s Academy Neighborhood Center and did some much-needed gardening in the Monsanto Fund Science Discovery Garden. During this time, they also raised $10,400 for Youth In Need through their charitable giving campaign where Youth In Need was their 2017 Charity of Choice in the St. Louis area.

MasterCard had nearly 20 volunteers working at the Wentzville Head Start and Early Head Start Center and the Burkemper Family Counseling Center. Wentzville volunteers cleaned inside and outside of the building as well as agency vehicles. They also planted flowers and donated additional flowers to fill empty flower pots. Burkemper volunteers assisted with cleaning and moving out of the east building. Volunteers also donated diapers, baby supplies and books.


TLP Celebrates Success

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) held its annual Celebration of Success event. Staff recognized youth for their many accomplishments in working toward independence. Milestones included five high school graduations, one completing the first year of college, two college acceptances, 14 youth who attained and kept employment as well as other positive life changes. Congratulations to all of the TLP youth for an amazing year of achievements and the staff who helped them achieve their successes!


Pat’s Chat: Life Is One Big Transition

“Life is one big transition.” —Willie Stargell, Baseball Hall of Fame

Transitions are part of life, they happen to all of us, whether we like it or not. Moving, becoming a parent, graduating, getting married, changing jobs, caring for aging parents…some transitions feel like beginnings and others feel more like endings, some are anticipated and others take us by surprise. We tend to be creatures of habit, so changes, even positive ones, can be challenging. At Youth In Need, a big part of our job is to help our clients adjust to major life changes, such as moving into a new living situation, coping with an unexpected loss, recovering from trauma or addiction, or leaving life on the streets to find safety and hope for the future.

In our work with young children at Youth In Need, we know that helping children adjust increases their success, so we take transitions really seriously. We pay close attention and have strategies to help children transition between activities, between caregivers and between classroom settings, with the ultimate goal of kindergarten readiness. 

Some of the key elements that support young children in transition can help all of us as we deal with life changes. Information is key, meaning transitions will be most successful when there is clear, consistent, open and reciprocal communication between everyone involved. Inclusion recognizes the importance of understanding cultural context, valuing different perspectives and sharing decision-making. Flexibility helps us manage expectations, respond to individual needs and keep an open mind. Relationships are at the heart of everything, and having a strong base helps maintain continuity in the face of changing circumstances.

As we are both excited and unsettled by transitions at home and at work, let’s remember the words of Mr. Rogers, who said, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something.”

“Honor the space between no longer and not yet.” —Nancy Levin


Tee Off for a Great Cause

The countdown is on: Golfing for Youth is less than a month away! Join us for Youth In Need’s 20th annual McCarthy Holdings Inc., Golfing for Youth Benefit Tournament, presented by Centene Charitable Foundation, on Monday, August 7 at Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles.

We’d love your help! Here are a few ways to support the tournament:

But please don’t delay as time is running out! For more information about any of these opportunities, visit or contact Alicia Rosier, Annual Fund Director, at 636-757-9346 or


Paddle Hard and Dig Deep with Anjon Racing

Imagine a race on the Missouri River across the entire state of Missouri. Just you, your team and your boat against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. The Missouri 340 is an endurance race that begins in Kansas City on August 8 and finishes—for those who are strong enough to survive—in St. Charles on August 11.

Youth In Need Board member Jon Lottes and his company Anjon Manufacturing have entered two boats in the race and are paddling hard and digging deep to raise money for Youth In Need. Sponsor Jon and his crew with a corporate sponsorship or a per mile sponsorship. Find out more or donate online today.

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