we all rise.
Together, we can impact the future of our cities and neighborhoods by helping at-risk youth.
AS THE DIRECTOR…
I made plenty of mistakes as a youth, but I had family, mentors, and networks that supported me while I worked to correct them. Thus, it is a privilege to be a part of the mission of Tidewater Youth Services to support at-risk youth get a second chance at getting it right. I firmly believe no youth or family should feel unsupportedwhile navigating the juvenile justice system in the Tidewater Region.
Executive Director, Tidewater Youth Services Foundation
Resident of Portsmouth
AS A BOARD MEMBER…
Board Chair, Tidewater Youth Services Foundation
Resident of Virginia Beach
AS A COMMUNITY PARTNER…
“Tidewater Youth Services takes on the challenge of youth that the rest of us would probably just as soon ignore—youth that struggle with emotional and behavioral challenges that sometimes lead to expulsion from school, loss of family connection, and sometimes to incarceration or worse.
These are our “throw-away” kids—the youth that we’d rather not have to think about. As someone who has spent a career educating and working with teens, I would be the first to admit that they can be difficult to love…But not walking away is exactly what they need and is exactly the void that TYS fills. Sometimes what these youth most need is some guidance and support in developing skills that they never acquired.”
Together We Can Foundation – Smart Transitions
Virginia Beach, VA
Words FROM THE FOUNDATION
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