Mental Health Therapist in Biloxi, MS

Biloxi, Mississippi is on the Mississippi Sound, on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s also the setting for four John Grisham novels including The Runaway Jury, The Summons, The Partner, and The Last Juror! #FunFactFriday  With views like this, it’s no real surprise.
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We are currently hiring Mental Health Therapists in Biloxi to help work with at-risk youth and their families like Chris and his family seen below. Live in a beautiful area and help those in need. #YVKiteLife Click here to learn more and apply: https://careers-youthvillages.icims.com/jobs/1825/mental-health-therapist/job

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Help Children and Families in Columbus, OH!

Columbus, Ohio was ranked as one of “The 6 Best Big Cities” by Money Magazine in 2016. It’s the 14th most populous city in the U.S. and the state capital of Ohio. Home to the headquarters of 5 Fortune 500 companies, it is a beautiful city sitting at the confluence of two rivers. #FunFactFriday
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Youth Villages is growing into Columbus, OH and we’re looking for people to come live the #YVKiteLife and do intensive, in-home counseling with at-risk youth and their families. This work is not easy, but extremely rewarding, and the children and families we serve really need it!
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Columbus, OH is a wonderful place to build a career and help children and families who need it. We are even offering relocation assistance! Check out the opportunity here: https://careers-youthvillages.icims.com/jobs/1674/family-intervention-specialist/job

A unique ability to connect – Meet Daniel, Behavioral Youth Counselor in Nasvhille

There’s no doubt that Youth Villages’ counselors, leadership, and staff are invested in the work that they do – countless hours of education, training, and work go into providing the best level of care for the youth and families they serve.

Along with the motivation and investment, you’ll find that some in the YV family also have a personal connection that gives them additional motivation, empathy, and a unique ability to connect with our kids.

Meet Daniel – one of our behavioral youth counselors working at a group home in Nashville, TN. Originally from a small town in East Tennessee, he moved to Nashville after graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology (minor in health & P.E.) from Austin Peay State University and now provides direct intervention with our youth as a way to give back to the foster care community, as a former child in foster care himself.

“I chose Youth Villages to work at because I felt like it was a company that actually cared about the children. We want them to succeed before, during, and after they are in our care.

My first few months [working at the group homes], like most I assume, have been a learning process, getting to know the kids as well as them getting to know me. There are times, however, when it can be challenging – it can be tough gaining the youth’s respect. But once you and the youth can get on common ground and have respect for each other, those tough times get a lot easier.

I have not had many surprises yet. Growing up in a foster home and meeting many different foster children of all ages and backgrounds, I had a feeling of what to expect.”

Daniel’s commitment to give back and serve others has led him to enroll at Emmanuel Bible College, where he is currently working towards his Master’s in Divinity.

He’s also got a creative side:

“I’ve always wanted to give back to the foster care community. I was put in foster care when I was 4 and adopted by the same family when I was 9. We had a family friend who showed me a bit of woodworking and now I would love to bring the two together someday. My dream would to be able to turn a large tailor into a “woodshop” safe for youth to learn how to make something that they can accomplish all on their own. I feel that this is very important for foster children and I hope to be able to travel to different foster homes, churches, and schools to provide this to many children.”

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In his free time, he loves to do some own woodworking for himself and his family – such as making wooden or acrylic pens and pencils, and is hoping to branch out to bigger projects, like building a snow sled for his son.

We’re thankful for the committed creative, staff invested in giving back to their communities!

 

Check out openings for Behavioral Youth Counselors and more at www.youthvillages.org/joinourteam!

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Playful Columbus, IN

Columbus, Indiana was once named one of the Ten Most Playful Towns and it’s easy to see why! It’s also known for its modern architecture and public art! It has been listed as one of the 62 Reasons to Love Your Country. Fans of Cummins engines should love Columbus as it’s the home of Cummins Inc.!  #FunFactFriday
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Youth Villages lives the #YVKiteLife in Columbus helping at-risk youth and their families. We are offering a $3,000 sign-on payment and up to $5,000 relocation reimbursement to have qualified social services professionals come help further our mission of helping children and families live successfully! Click here to learn more and apply: http://bit.ly/2lNeiYT
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Mission focused, Memphis proud – Meet YV 360 alum, McKayla!

She may not be a fan of BBQ, but she loves living in Memphis! Other than the diverse community, Memphis city-wide pride, and delicious tacos from Babalu (her top choice), what’s keeping McKayla in the Bluff City?

She’s able to live out a mission she believes in: helping youth and families be successful! 

It’s hard to believe it was just 2 years ago that McKayla Coleman met a staff member from Youth Villages at Oklahoma State University’s career fair and decided to apply for the YV 360 Career Development Program for recent grads in Memphis, TN. Fast forward and now she is an integral part of the recruiting team at Youth Villages helping to connect qualified candidates with meaningful opportunities to support our families and grow as professionals.  

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The YV 360 program is designed to help bridge the gap between college and career, hiring on 15-20 recent grads pursuing a career in the social service field as Behavioral Youth Counselors, working in our residential treatment programs for youth with behavioral and mental health needs. For the first 10 months working with us, members receive additional training, support, and mentorship.

We checked in with McKayla to hear a little more about her journey with Youth Villages.  

 

“I was initially drawn to the Career Development Program because I didn’t just want a job out of college, but I wanted a place where I could gain experience and grow as a professional right from the start as I transitioned into the “real world” after school. I was placed at the Girls Center for Intensive Residential Treatment (GCIRT) working with a group of 15-18 year old girls.”  

During her year experience working there, she gained valuable exposure to the mental health treatment field. McKayla admits it took a little while to get adjusted to the environment, not having worked specifically with girls who’d experienced trauma and had such significant behaviors.  

She credits her growth throughout this last year to her incredible team at GCIRT who encouraged, challenged, and supported her, but also the cohort of other YV 360 members and leaders.

“Being a part of the monthly consultations and having the support from Ms. King & Mr. Mitchell (YV 360 leaders) was so valuable. As a team, we got to share highs and lows, and brainstorm new interventions to implement with our youth. We also got to meet and talk with leadership, like our CEO & chief officers. It’s so exciting to feel a part of something bigger, where from top to bottom, everyone is on the same mission!”

There were chances for leadership development, through researching & presenting a project on non-traditional therapy techniques to leading an in-depth tour of GCIRT for residential directors. McKayla was also paired with a clinical leader as a personal mentor, where she got to meet 1:1, attend clinical consultations, and got connected to other areas of the organization.

From social outings, a retreat to Georgia, and this intensive experience together, it’s no surprise that the YV 360 group bonded and developed supportive friendships, which McKayla particularly values, having relocated to Memphis for the job.

After the 10-month commitment, with members graduating but still employed full-time, some go on to pursue growth opportunities within the organization. McKayla wanted to help youth, armored with a bigger view of the mission after working at GCIRT, and pursued a role in recruiting. She is now utilizing past marketing experience and is excited about helping our growing teams. Meanwhile, a couple other 2017 YV 360 graduates were promoted to supervisors, while another was promoted to a position within YVLifeSet, providing services to young adults transitioning out of foster care.

“In recruiting, I love meeting people who are passionate about what they do. I highly recommend that if you’re wanting to work with us, come with questions to see what truly will be a great fit. Be willing to challenge yourself. Don’t count yourself out – take advantage of opportunities where you can grow!”

We’re currently interviewing for the YV 360 2018-2019 class, which will start June 2018.

To be considered, submit an application here. 

 

 

Bloomington Blooms

When Bloomington, Indiana was established in 1818 by settlers, they named it Bloomington because they were impressed with “a haven of blooms” there. It continues to be beautiful and a location that’s known for being extremely bike friendly. #FunFactFriday
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Bloomington is also well known for Indiana University Bloomington, as well as several other institutions of learning such as Indiana University School of Education, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the Jacobs School of Music. As a result, there is a large variety of opportunity for great intellectual interactions and events.
 
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Youth Villages is currently looking for Family Intervention Specialists to help work with at-risk youth and their families in the awesome environment of Bloomington. Come live the #YVKiteLife with us and enjoy a $3,000 sign-on payment and up to $5,000 relocation reimbursement! You can learn more about the opportunity and apply here: http://bit.ly/2xUSS1E

Education Interview Day 10/17 : Join the Force

Many of our young adults who receive various Youth Villages services, like the ones pictured below, go on to graduate high school and college. We are so impressed with their hard work, resilience, and determination!

Did you know that Youth Villages has fully-accredited schools on our residential campuses to make sure youth in our care receive more individualized instruction & support? Here in Memphis, we’re in search of dedicated licensed teachers who want to help our youth stay on track with their educational goals & succeed when they transition back into their communities.

If you’re inspired by these young adults and have a TN teaching license, apply for an upcoming interview day on October 17. We’re offering a $2,000 sign-on payment & $2,000 relocation assistance.

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