Special Events

Valley Youth House in Metro Philadelphia

Valley Youth House’s #CouchesDontCount campaign was featured in the October 8 issue of Metro Philadelphia, and online HERE. “’You can only go from house to house so many times before you are eventually on your own for real,’ said Jodie Stevens, 22. “When my foster parent found out that I was gender-queer, she kicked me […]

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Couches Don’t Count

Did you know that 51% of youth surveyed during Philadelphia’s August 2015 Youth Count were couch-surfing?  These youth are “couch ho pping” or rotating their evenings from friend to friend, without a home to return to. They’re not sleeping on the street or in the open, but they are homeless. Additionally, national statistics show that 43% of youth who use […]

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Sleep Out for Homelessness 2015

Sleep Out for Homelessness will be held at Neffs Union UCC from Saturday,September 26th at 6pm to Sunday Sept 27th at 11am. This fundraiser, organized by teens from the Penn Northeast Conference (PNEC) of the United Church of Christ, supports the Synergy Project.

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Thank you to our youngest Backpack Challenge supporters!

Thank you to our youngest Backpack Challenge supporters Patrick, Aela, Tristan, and Lukas! They made over $130 at their lemonade stand for the Backpack Challenge, and also collected a huge basket of school supplies. We are SO grateful to Patrick, Aela, Tristan and Lukas for their hard work to ensure that foster care youth in […]

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Youth Artist in Residence Performance Series

Youth helping youth with and through music is the foundation for creating this innovative national model that provides therapeutic life opportunities and experiences to youth. While there are similar programs nationwide, VYH’s series is unique in that it provides positive youth development run by an accomplished young musician. Kayla Avitable, a 15-year-old singer/songwriter and Lehigh […]

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Backpack Challenge Closing Ceremony 2015

The Backpack Challenge Closing Ceremony was held August 26 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and CBS Philly covered the event. 18-year-old Leidy said there are a lot of misconceptions about older kids in foster care. “I definitely think that people don’t expect foster youth to make it this far, to make it to college, […]

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Here’s My Chance features VYH

Thank you to Here’s My Chance for the fantastic branding work they’ve done for us! We’re so excited to launch our new website, which is the last step in a complete rebrand for our agency. Our logo, colors, tagline, mission, communication strategy, and more have been updated to better reflect our agency. You can read […]

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