Youth & Family Spotlights

2017 Young Achiever, Christopher Heard

VYH is delighted to announce our 2017 Young Achiever is Christopher Heard! Chris is an active member of the Achieving Independence Center and has displayed self-sufficiency in a myriad of ways in the time VYH has worked with him. In the fall, Chris participated in Power Corps programming in addition to his work with the […]

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YOUTH SPOTLIGHT: VYH Chester County Youth Advisory Board

March Youth Spotlight – Chester County Youth Advisory Board This month, we’re recognizing the Chester County Youth Advisory Board (YAB)! After a change in Board organization, new staff members, and the integration of 14 and 15 year old members, the board grew exponentially and now has over 15 active and attending youth who are participants […]

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Youth Spotlight: Mariah

This month, we’re recognizing Mariah! Mariah entered foster care in 2008, and stayed in our Bucks County Shelter in 2012 and from 2013 to 2014. Despite frequent interruptions to her education and sometimes-chaotic living environments, Mariah remained an excellent student and a role model at the shelter, remaining caring, easygoing, and eager to help staff as […]

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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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Setting the Stage 2016 Recognizes Youth Speaker: Ashley

Our youth speaker for Setting the Stage with Elton John is Ashley, the winner of the Valley Youth House Speaker Series!  At the event, Ashley was presented a plaque and $500 to further her studies.  Read the transcript of Ashley’s speech below:   “There will never be a right time in your life to do a great […]

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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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Women’s Leadership Retreat

Last week, Valley Youth House hosted the Women’s Leadership Retreat, which spanned over a weekend at Camp Fowler. The group did team building and leadership activities as well as tackling the ropes course. Through the retreat, Valley Youth House is empowering the next generation of leaders in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Check out photos from the retreat here!

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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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