Meet Caroline: using her passion & skills to impact families in Knoxville, TN

Caroline Locke knows that a success for families is also a win for her – and she’s committed to being on a family’s team until they can find something that works for them or their child.

“I wanted a job where I could make a difference and work one-on-one with people,” Caroline says. “I wanted a career where I could use my passions and skills. YV also offers a job that changes every single day and I love the challenge of a changing work environment.”Lauren Locke

And she found that mix working as a Family Intervention Specialist in Knoxville, TN.

She initially started gaining experience through several non-profit internships during her undergrad studies at East Tennessee State University, where she earned a BA in women’s studies with a minor in social work. She then worked in domestic violence advocacy for a year after graduation before deciding to pursue a field working with children.

“The last few months have taught me SO much, but I’ve learned so much about myself. This job has highlighted my strengths and showed me my weaknesses. I’ve gained a lot of self-confidence in myself and my abilities,” she reflects.

While she originally started working in Johnson City, TN, she ended up relocating to Knoxville last July where she was able to continue working in the same role. “I decided I wanted to be closer to my family and friends. I wanted to live in an exciting city with things to do and Knoxville offered that to me. YV gave me the opportunity to keep a job I love and move to a city that better suited me and my career/educational goals.”

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Having the support network of friends and family can be immensely helpful, as the job can be hectic and dealing with a family’s lived experiences can be demanding.

Another way that Caroline has found to practice self-care? Yoga!

“I am training to become a registered yoga teacher! When I’m not working or practicing yoga, I love to play video games and I dabble in painting.”

We are certainly thankful for well-rounded people who are committed to our youth and families as well as their own personal & professional development.

“I’m so thankful YV gave me this opportunity to try a whole new role. I’ve learned and grown so much since starting this job!”

Come grow with us in Knoxville!

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