Catch up with Youth Focus!  Our blog contains profiles of our dedicated staff, board members, and supporters, as well as stories about our youth and programs. 

Black Lives Matter

Youth Focus stands against systemic bias, racism, and unequal treatment. As an organization deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, we stand against the legacy of systemic bias, racism, and unequal treatment that continues to plague our communities. When you work in social work, social injustices and mistreatment of marginalized populations manifest themselves daily.  When I worked

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What is Juneteenth?

What is Juneteenth, and Why Should We Celebrate? Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.  The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day,” or “Emancipation Day.”

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Denise V. Fuller

Denise is a new member of our staff, with us just a few months, but we’re so glad to have her! Denise works with us at Act Together as a Crisis Care Professional.  1. What is your favorite memory from Youth Focus? My favorite memory at work would have to be when a client told

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Ron Dargan II

Ron Dargan II is a Crisis Care Provider who comes to Youth Focus with years of experience.  He was a court counselor with the Department of Juvenile Justice and is also a Guilford County Schools high school counselor. We know he looks uptight in his picture, but Ron is the chill one on the team

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Diana Cooper

You know we love shining the spotlight on our wonderful staff, and today it’s Diana Cooper’s turn!  Let’s learn more about Diana! 1. What is your favorite memory from Youth Focus? My most cherished memories are staff celebrations; birthdays, baby showers, promotions, celebrations.  We have a great team.  2. What is one thing you wish

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COVID-19 and Teenagers: How to Navigate and How to Help

Despite the belief that teenagers have become entirely dependent on mobile devices, tablets, and other forms of technology, the challenges teenagers are facing during COVID-19 have brought to light the impacts of social distancing, confinement, and quarantine. Teenagers are in the phase of their lives when interacting with peers, and culminating friendships are more important

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Ayeisha, Live-In Program Coach

Ayeisha spends her days and nights at My Sister Susan’s House.  She is a live-in program coach who came to Youth Focus as an intern.  All the gold stars for Ayeisha, one of the best live-in staff members we’ve ever had.  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  Let’s learn more about Ayeisha! 1. What is your favorite memory from Youth

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Ali, Program Coach

We’d like to introduce you to Ali Hobson, Program Coach.  Ali is a Program Coach for My Sister Susan’s House and a Case Manager for the HEARTH Rapid Rehousing program. She provides support and services through case management (individualized goals, referrals for resources, connections with providers and other professionals)  to youth who are transitioning into

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How to #BeAConnection for a Child or Family

Youth Focus Safe Haven Therapist, Ashlyn Hodges, shares important identifiers and tips for understanding how you can be a connection in preventing child abuse. Many people may refer to child abuse as physical abuse that shows marks on a child; however, the signs aren’t always so clear. Child abuse can be physical, sexual, and emotional,

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