Meet Jessica Goodwin-Royster, Clinical Supervisor in Knoxville

Meet Jessica Goodwin-Royster of Youth Villages’ Knoxville office. Jessica is a Clinical Supervisor for YVLifeSet (formerly Jessica Goodwin-RoysterTransitional Living) and was also a specialist in that program when she began her career at Youth Villages.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor’s in Child and Family studies from UT Chattanooga and a Master’s in Child and Family Studies from UT Knoxville.

What did you do before coming to Youth Villages?

I worked at The Florence Crittenton Agency as a Community Family Intervention Specialist and I worked at a small agency called Foothills Care doing the same position.

What do you love about your city? What do you do for fun?

I love the combination of city and beautiful surroundings. There is so much to do outdoors here, but you don’t feel out in the country and cut off from city life. In the last few years, Knoxville has become much more of a “foodie” city and there is always a new restaurant to try. There are a number of music festivals here each year and numerous concerts each week. Since the downtown was revitalized it has become one of my favorite places, but also Outdoor Knox and all it offers is great in the warmer months.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?

I play a number of sports, some on teams and some just for fun. I love to watch sports as well. I love to travel whether it’s in my region or abroad. I’m a bit obsessed with the beach. And the regular stuff—spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I don’t know that I could narrow it down to one part of my job, but I love my team. The 5-6 ladies on my team are so dedicated and invested in the lives and successes of their youth, it is remarkable to be a part of. To see them make positive improvements to their youth’s lives every day is so rewarding to watch and know that I’ve played a part in that. I love developing new staff and helping them to hone their skills and eventually start to take on more leadership responsibilities. I also love getting out into the field and being able to work with youth one on one, to see each little thing that our front line staff do and how it can have such a monumental effect on this population. Just to have someone hold them to expectations and show that we have confidence in them can really change these youth’s lives.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

I think it may sound trite, but it’s difficult to see youth and staff not meet their potential. When you do everything you can, but they still can’t seem to get it is challenging. Also, working with and following protocols that are in place for good reason, but that can at times seem to slow progress or make thinking outside the box more difficult can be challenging.

What is one fun fact about you?

I don’t know if this is fun, but I’m a little psycho during college football season…like you may not want to sit next to me during a game, I get so into it!

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