NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | April 23, 2018
Celebration of Youth Celebrates Another Successful Event
This year’s Celebration of Youth, presented by Title Sponsor Centene Charitable Foundation, was another great success, raising more than $515,000 in support of Youth In Need’s programs! Six hundred guests turned out to celebrate Tracy Mathis, an attorney at Lewis Rice who has served on Youth In Need’s Board of Directors for 35 years. Among Tracy’s many roles as Board member, adviser, advocate and generous supporter, Tracy is the only person to have served two terms as Board Chair in Youth In Need’s history. She also was part of the search committee that hired Jim Braun, who served as President and CEO for 25 years before retiring in 2012.
One of the highlights from the evening was a live performance from Jordan Eilermann, Residential Youth Care Worker at the Emergency Shelter, who performed her original spoken word poem, Immeasurable, about her experiences at the Shelter. Watch Jordan’s amazing performance here.
Pat’s Chat: Courage Is Contagious
“Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better, and the world a little braver.” —Brene Brown
I’m often in awe when I hear stories of people who demonstrate courage, sometimes under almost unbelievably challenging circumstances. When Dr. King and so many others marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., braving terror and brutality to stand up for civil rights of African-Americans, that was courage. When first responders rushed into the burning Twin Towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, risking their lives to save others, that was courage.
Even though few of us will ever be in a situation where we face such a stark decision about risking our physical safety or even our life, we are all called upon to show bravery. What does that look like at Youth In Need? It looks like the staff member who goes into work every day, determined to try yet another intervention with a child or youth who is hard to reach. It looks like the case managers who have to stand their ground in order to advocate for their clients’ best interests. It looks like staff who speak up with concerns, even when they’re not sure it will be heard or appreciated. It looks like the youth and families who continue to take one step forward again, determined to improve their lives despite tremendous challenges. And it looks like managers, who lead with integrity as they balance the daily realities of money and mission.
Author and research professor Brene Brown says, “Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant ‘To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.’ Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences—good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as ‘ordinary courage.’”
All of us can show “ordinary courage” by having “crucial conversations,” facing those difficult discussions with honesty and openness, truly listening with compassion, assuming positive intent and presenting alternative viewpoints.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear.” —Ambrose Redmoon
YPG to Hold Annual Trivia Night
Youth In Need’s Young Professionals Group will hold its annual trivia night to benefit Youth In Need on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Maryland Heights Community Center. Registration is $175 for tables of eight. Don’t have a team but still want to play? Register as an individual for $25 per person, and you’ll be matched with a table. Registration fees include beer, wine and light snacks. Feel free to bring your own food and drinks, but no glass, please. Your fun-filled evening includes 10 rounds of trivia, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction with a one-week stay in Las Vegas! Register online here.
Get Racing for Youth In Need!
Love to run? We’ve got a race for you, and Youth In Need is proud to be the official charity partner for the third year! Race 13.1 returns to St. Louis for its third annual half marathon and 5K on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Enter code “YouthInNeed” at checkout to have $10 of your registration fee go to Youth In Need. The race begins and finishes at Missouri Research Park in St. Charles County and features a course filled with scenic greenways and beautiful views of the Missouri River and conservation areas. Each racer receives a tech t-shirt, and all half marathon finishers receive a race medal. Learn more about the race or register here.
Lincoln County Resource Board Funds Part-Time Therapist
Youth In Need received funding from the Lincoln County Resource Board for a part-time therapist to work with elementary, middle and high school students the Elsberry School District. The therapist has done such an amazing job building relationships and connecting with clients that they are inundating her with referrals. The counseling program has proven to be such a success in Lincoln County that Youth In Need is assessing the need for expansion in the Elsberry School District and Winfied School District as well.
YIN Mourns Loss of Policy Council Chair
Youth In Need mourns the loss of Head Start West Policy Council Chair Charles “Chip” Huckstep, who passed away April 2 at the age of 35. Chip is survived by his wife, Danielle, and their six children, five of whom have participated in the program.
Part of the Head Start West family for 13 years, Chip has served on the Policy Council for three years, with two years as Chair. Over the past few years, he was active in male involvement activities, a group he was passionate about.
“Chip was a great dad, loving husband and kind soul,” said Meghan Whitworth, Senior Director of Head Start West, Operations. “He was an immediate friend to all he met. He was super funny and could entertain an entire room of people. I will forever remember his warm smile, quick wit and the love he had for his family. Simply stated, he was one-of-a-kind! We will forever miss him.”