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. 

Bonny Buckley, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor

Bonny is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, and an all-around awesome person who has been with Youth Focus since 2004!   Let’s learn more about Bonny! 1. What is your favorite memory from Youth Focus? SO MANY awesome memories! Early during my time at Youth Focus I remember finishing a

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Jannifer Pastorick, Safe Place Coordinator

It’s National Safe Place Week, and we’re celebrating!  #NSPWeek2020 honors Safe Place, an outreach and prevention program for youth in crisis that is operated locally by Youth Focus. National Safe Place Week serves to recognize the many valued partners who work together to provide immediate help and safety for all young people. It is a

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Maddie Schug, AmeriCorps Intern

  This week, thousands of Americans across the country will participate in AmeriCorps Week, the annual celebration of the more than 1.1 million AmeriCorps members who have pledged to “get things done” for America.   Youth Focus is so proud of our AmeriCorps Intern, Maddie!   Not only is Maddie an amazing young lady and Tar Heel,

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Look for the Safe Place Sign

Look for the Safe Place Sign Do you feel lost and alone?  Do you feel like you have nowhere to go and nobody to turn to?  Is there an immediate physical or emotional threat?  At Youth Focus, we are here for you.  We can provide a SAFE PLACE to get you out of harm’s way,

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Kristy Huynh

Kristy Huynh, My Sister Susan’s House

It’s time to get to know another fantastic member of the Youth Focus team, Kristy Huynh! Kristy is the Program Manager for My Sister Susan’s House and has worked for Youth Focus for two years.  My Sister Susan’s House offers transitional housing to pregnant women between the ages of 16 and 21. The facility was

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Ashlyn Hodges, Trauma Therapist

Say helllloooo to Ashlyn Hodges, a Trauma Therapist at Youth Focus and all-around fantastic person!  If you’re not familiar with trauma-based therapy, let us enlighten you about this wonderful approach to working with youth. According to Northwestern University, trauma-focused therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience

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Temara Carthens, Act Together

Each month, we’d like to highlight one of our excellent staff members by getting to know them better. Without their dedication and passion, our organization would not be what it is today! Behind every program is a fantastic team that works tirelessly to serve our community’s at-risk youth, which in turn allows us to provide

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North Carolina’s Homeless Youth

It may be difficult to imagine a youth experiencing homelessness but there are more than four million youth and young adults in America each year and, according to the most recently available statistics, in North Carolina 26,613 public school students were identified as homeless and 3.9 percent of children under age six experience homelessness. Causes

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Spending the Holidays in a Shelter

Most of us are fortunate enough to have never experienced homelessness. The youth in our shelter can’t say the same. Right now, as you read this, there are local teens who have no idea they’ll spend Christmas with us; that’s how quickly circumstances can change. Christmas at home is a time for family traditions, gifts, gatherings,

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