DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION

VYH Diversity & Inclusion Committee

As an agency we commit to using our voice and platform to fight against injustice. While we may not have the solution to change the world, we do have the power, resources, and heart to change ourselves and our community.

With this commitment and urgency in mind, we are taking the following steps to bring about equality, civility and justice for all:

Listen with our Hearts – Valley Youth House will provide opportunities for youth, families and staff to openly discuss how the issues of racism and discrimination have impacted them personally.  By providing Safe Spaces for people to share, we will build understanding and compassion for each other as a foundation for our continued work.

Plan with our Heads – Valley Youth House staff will work with youth and community leaders to develop an annual strategy to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion both within our agency as well as in our local communities.  We will share these plans publicly and hold ourselves accountable to improve the climate and reality within our agency and our respective communities.

Speak Up with our Voices – We are committed to making Valley Youth House an actively anti-racist organization. This means we will actively speak out and address acts of racism, racist comments, and racist practices, policies and procedures. We know that racism and injustice disproportionately impacts many of the youth that we serve, and we will advocate for them with our public officials and the general public.

RECENT STEPS TOWARDS COMMITTEE GOALS:

1) Staff & Board Forum held in response to the death of George Floyd

2) Youth Forum held in response to the death of George Floyd

3) VYH Employee Climate Survey facilitated by 501 Commons, results shared with all staff and Boards, and corresponding three-part review and discussion Town Halls

4) Observance of Juneteenth 2020

5) Winds of Change Response Project in collaboration with VYH Wellness Committee & Art@ Program

6) Removal of the word “Chief” from employee titles

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE

CHAIR

Dr. Donald Outing
Vice President for Equity & Community
Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics
Lehigh University
pronouns: he/him/his

Victoria Brifo
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Air Products

Kevin Greene
Chief Operations Officer
Faces International

Kristen Leayman
Diversity & Inclusion Manager
Olympus Corporation Of The Americas
pronouns: she/her

Tom Lynch
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
PPL Corporation

Marci Ronald-Lesko
Executive Vice President
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Victor Salicetti
President & Owner
AmericaVen

Alma Scott-Buczak, SHRM-SCP SPHR
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Lafayette College
pronouns: she/her

Carolyn Stennett
Vice President Human Resources
Victaulic
pronouns: she/her

STAFF ADVISOR

Shawn Mack
Development Officer
Valley Youth House
Pronouns: he/him/his

Tom Harrington
President & CEO
Valley Youth House
Pronouns: he/him/his

Elizabeth Allen
Staff Development, Supervisor
Valley Youth House
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Reek Bell
Office Manager & Assistant to VP of Philadelphia
Valley Youth House
Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Kylin Camburn
Case Manager at Project Silk Lehigh Valley
Valley Youth House
Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them

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On September 17, 2020, a group published a statement on its website that contained false information and claims about the GLO program, Harrisburg’s first community center created specifically to serve LGBTQ+ men of color and trans women of color.  Sadly, this statement also specifically targeted a Valley Youth House employee, in an unfounded and personal […]

Winds of Change: a response project to current events

Valley Youth House’s Art@LV program, along with VYH Wellness and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) committees present Winds of Change: a response project to current events to promote community and peace by flooding our communities with pinwheels.  Our hope is that this project promotes conversation within our communities. All are invited to participate in this initiative.  Written […]

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VYH Observes Juneteenth 2020

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Valley Youth House has declared June 19, 2020 to be a day off with pay for Valley Youth House employees in celebration and recognition of Juneteenth. “We recognize that the racial trauma that our country is experiencing now is not new, but throughout recent weeks there has […]