Youth & Family Spotlights

VYH Youth invited backstage with Darius Rucker

Youth from our Independent Living Programs in the Lehigh Valley were invited to soundcheck & backstage at Darius Rucker’s Musikfest show on August 14. Youth had the opportunity to learn about careers in the entertainment industry, with the focus on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. The Morning Call and 6ABC covered the visit, which […]

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Philly.com Youth Spotlight!

AIC member Samantha was featured on Philly.com in July. Sam graduated as valedictorian of Roxborough High School with a 4.0 GPA and a bouquet of scholarships after overcoming numerous struggles growing up. She’s moving forward because that’s the only path she allows herself to see. “I’m lucky I’m strong,” she said. “I honestly don’t know why […]

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Youth Spotlight: Michael

Michael, who likes all things creepy and most things crawly, is the Achieving Independence Center’s musical maestro. When he’s not listening to old school hip hop, he enjoys drawing anime, collecting crystals, and writing poetry. Michael, who graduated from high school a few years ago, has found a renewed passion for education and hopes to […]

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Youth Spotlight: Ikea

Ikea, big sister of the Achieving Independence Center (literally and figuratively — Ikea has three younger siblings who also attend the Center!), prides herself on her being a mentor to newer AIC members. Ikea is bright, honest, and supportive of her peers and is always willing to give honest and frank advice. Did we also mention […]

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Youth Spotlight: Tahira

Tahira, The Achieving Independence Center’s quiet storm, rarely lets on to what she is thinking, but when she puts her mind to something — whether it’s art, modeling, or dancing! — you very quickly see how spirited, talented, and joyful she is. Tahira, who will enter the 11th grade at Universal Audenried Charter High School, […]

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Youth Spotlight: Thomas

Thomas, a long-time member of the Achieving Independence Center (AIC), is our resident comedian! He has dreams of attending the Community College of Philadelphia. He spends his free time at the AIC looking for employment, helping new members learn the ropes, and taking part in our Center’s fashion design and sewing workshops. Thomas has found […]

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Youth Spotlight: Marshai

Happy New Year, and Happy Youth Spotlight Friday! This week we’re featuring Marshai. When asked to describe Marshai,  VYH staff responded with “pleasant, friendly, and professional.” Marshai is a student at Temple University and also works at the court house as a stenographer. She has been flexible when working with new Life Skills Counselors and […]

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