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 opened in collaboration with UNCG, the YWCA, GTCC, the City of Greensboro and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, and is LEED-certified.
Let’s learn more about Kristy!
1. What is your favorite memory from Youth Focus?
I helped move a young mother into her very first apartment. She was so excited and ran around the apartment, screaming! I will never forget her joy.
2. What is one thing you wish the general public knew about Youth Focus?
I wish more people knew about the diversity of services we offer; maternity housing, transitional living, rapid rehousing, outpatient counseling for youth who are the victims of crime and violence. If we see a need for a service, we try our best to provide it.
3. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
Our Executive Director, Sarah Roethlinger, has been my biggest influence in how I approach our clients and their needs. I admire her commitment and compassion.
4. What led you to Youth Focus and working with young adults?
I have a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Sociology. I planned to pursue a degree in counseling after college but took a detour to retail management. After my brother passed from a drug overdose, I wanted to help youth in my community, and I interviewed at Youth Focus’ Residential Treatment Center (now a part of AYN). I worked at the Residential Treatment Center, as well as ACT Together Crisis Care until a position opened in our Maternity Home. It didn’t take long for me to realize I found my perfect fit.
5. What are three words to describe Youth Focus?
Committed. Compassionate. Supportive.
6. What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Don’t worry so much! What is meant to be will be.
7. If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?
Three people would be my husband and our two daughters. Three things are a toothbrush, toothpaste, and sunscreen!
8. What’s your most-used emoji?