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.

DEI Affinity Groups: Justice League, VYH BIPOC, White People Confronting Racism (WPCR), Youth Advisory Board, Staff and Teens Against Racism (STAR), York County Social Justice Committee


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

7) Formalization of employee and client affinity groups related to DEI

8) Creation of MLK Observance Guide 2021 for youth, staff, and community

9) Hired new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer



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

Egypt Graham
Founder & Owner
Planning 2 Perfection

Kevin Greene
Chief Operations Officer
Faces International

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

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

Richard C. Liu, MPH
Associate Director, Global Marketing, Virology
Merck & Co.
pronouns: he/him/his

Natasha Ljuljic
Talent & Diversity Specialist
Air Products

Tom Lynch
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
PPL Corporation

Dr. Erica Patterson
Director, Contracts Management & Supplier Diversity
Philadelphia Gas Works

Forrest Patterson
Managing Director
JP Morgan

Victor Salicetti
President & Owner

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

Carolyn Stennett
Vice President Human Resources
pronouns: she/her


Shawn Mack
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Valley Youth House
Pronouns: he/him/his



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

Elizabeth Allen
Staff Development, Supervisor
Valley Youth House
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Megan Alnutt
Executive Assistant to the President
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


Black History Month 2022 at VYH

As our nation celebrates Black History Month, our DEI Committee has put together a 2022 Black History Month Commemorative Guide for all to utilize. In this guide, you will find historical facts, photos and videos that highlight the contributions of African Americans to our society. We hope that this serves as a guide to help […]

VYH Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance 2022

On Monday, January 17, 2021 our nation will commemorate the 93rd Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This holiday celebrates this civil rights leader’s life and legacy, as he worked tirelessly to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world. As our nation and local communities continue to struggle with a global pandemic, racial injustices, and […]

Valley Youth House’s Project Silk Staff Members Highlighted in Good Morning America’s Inspiration List: Who’s Making LGBTQ+ History Now!

Valley Youth House is excited to announce that two of our Project Silk staff members, Chloe Cole-Wilson and Kenny Screven, were highlighted in Good Morning America’s GMA Inspiration List: Who’s Making LGBTQ+ History Right Now! Kenny nominated Chloe for her passion, dedication, and advocacy in her everyday work to empower and support the LGBTQ+ youth […]

Juneteenth 2021 Resources

On this day, we honor and celebrate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln two years earlier, news regarding the emancipation of slaves had been suppressed by slave owners who were waiting for the war to end. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas in 1865 when General Granger […]