VYH in the News

AIC Member Wins Indego Bike Share Essay Contest

VYH Achieving Independence Center (AIC) member Sway Hill was featured on Slate.com after winning an essay contest speaking about why she loves Philadelphia’s Indego bike share program. Sway starts each day by dropping her children off at daycare and making a 2 mile journey on an Indego bike to her first job, as an assistant crew leader at […]

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Valley Youth House wins Golden Cone award for Healing the World

Valley Youth House participated in PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks, on September 16th. We had a great day in Center City Philadelphia where we raised awareness for homeless LGBTQ youth through our #CouchesDontCount campaign. In addition to a great day, we’re proud […]

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Backpack Challenge Keynote Speech: Nate Nichols, Forgotten Few

Nate Nichols, the Founder & CEO for Palette Group, a Philadelphia based creative and marketing agency, served as the Keynote speaker at last month’s Backpack Challenge Closing Ceremony. We’re so grateful that Nate joined us to deliver #ForgottenFew, a spoken word piece that touches on his brushes with foster care, single family household life, and growing up with […]

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Youth Spotlight: Keegan

This week we are recognizing Keegan. This summer, Keegan has been taking classes at West Chester University, while also balancing several jobs.  She is very goal oriented, has a strong work ethic and is excited to be able to pursue a career in the field of psychology.  Keegan has been a joy to work with […]

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Morning Call Puts the Focus on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Check out this great, front-page story from The Morning Call about foster care youth in our Independent Living programs!  The choice to remain in care became possible in 2012 when Pennsylvania adopted a federal law allowing young people to remain in care until age 21, either with a foster family or through an independent living […]

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VYH Partners with United Way GLV on Truancy Initiative

We are proud to partner with United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley for an important initiative to reduce chronic absenteeism.  With help from businesses, Challenge 5, aims to cut absenteeism in Allentown schools.  This new program encourages youth to strive for less than school absences in a school year.  Children who are chronically absent from school […]

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Youth Spotlight: Charles

This week we are recognizing Charles. Charles has been a member of the Achieving Independence Center (AIC) since May of 2015. In his year at the AIC he has already established himself as a great musician. He recently performed his music live at the AIC youth summit. Charles sings and plays guitar, and aspires to […]

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Youth Spotlight: Christina

This week we are recognizing Christina! This past June, Christina graduated from High School receiving her diploma as well as the confidence to actively pursue her goals. Christina recently participated in the Valley Youth House’s Spring 2016 Job Skills group, where she displayed strong leadership skills as well as motivation in applying and securing a […]

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Camp Day of Service

On July 10, youth from both Chester and Delaware County went to Camp Fowler for a day of service.  They helped clean trails as well as weeding and weed wacking.  The day was followed up by lunch and a very long swim in the pools.  There were lots of smiles and laughs!  They cant wait […]

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