Team Vols and Team YV

UTK Fam

Pictured: Bradford’s wife, Laria, Bradford and their daughter Lariah

Bradford eats, sleeps and breathes sports! But of all the sports, he truly bleeds ORANGE! Not only does he support the VOLS, he graduated from UT Knoxville not long before relocating to Memphis, TN to work with youth. Let’s learn more about Bradford.

TD: Bradford, we know you graduated from UTK. What degree did you obtain?
BH: I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of TN – Knoxville in 2014.

 

TD: You’ve been with Youth Villages almost 4 years, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since working with us?
BH: Never judge a book (person) by its cover (their day-to-day life/environment) and be patient because everyone moves at their own pace in life.

TD: That is a really good lesson. How have you seen yourself grow?
BH: I’ve come a long way from working residential in Bartlett to working with LifeSet young adults. Every year gives more experience and knowledge in the field I’m working in and will help me advance in the future.

TD: What’s the most inspirational thing you’ve learned about the social services field?
BH: Youth we work with want to achieve.  We just have to figure out how can we build trust and lead them. We have to show them that they don’t have to accept “no” and just give up. There’s always a solution to any problem, we just have to find the right one that fits each person. Bradford and daughter

TD: What would you say is the most rewarding part of your role?
BH: Being someone who can relate to the youth and give them reassurance because I was in their shoes 7-8 years ago.

TD: It’s great that you have a why, a reason that connects you with your role. What motivates you each and every day?
BH: Being a positive role model. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask someone who knows so we can continue to progress.

TD: Asking for help is sometimes hard for us. I’m glad you have people who will assist you. What’s it like working on your team?
BH: I like my team, Julie North is my supervisor. I work with people who are very intelligent and passionate. I can take their feedback and implement it with my work. Shout out to Jai Gervin, she’s A W E S O M E and a big help.

TD: A few more questions before I let you go! What advice would you give a new staff?
BH: Stay patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

TD: You’re right, things do take time. Ok, now a couple of fun questions. What’s your favorite part about living in Knoxville or your favorite thing to do in the area?
BH: Knox is a real chill, laid back city. I always support the Vols since I went to UT. I enjoy going to Vols football games when the opportunity presents itself. Being on UT campus is always fun.

TD: Anything else we should know about you, Bradford?
BH: I hope the Lakers make it to the playoffs. Ready for the Titans to take that next step in being a contender. Yankees need another championship and SOON. I relive my high school football moments in my head quite often (team was 1 yard short of making it to the Finals; we lost in semi finals my senior year). I love sports if you can’t tell by now!

I told you all he was a die-hard sports fan! Believe me now? That’s a wrap with Bradford. It was a joy speaking with him!

If you’re in the Knoxville area and would like to join our Knoxville team, visit our careers page!

 

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