Youth Villages’ leader Pat Lawler discusses their work and successes

Posted by Eric Bleier on July 11, 2011

Grizzlies Foundation Executive Director Jenny Koltnow with Pat Lawler, Mayor AC Wharton and Foundation Board Member Elliot Perry

Grizzlies Foundation Executive Director Jenny Koltnow with Pat Lawler, Mayor AC Wharton and Foundation Board Member Elliot Perry

Serving over 17,000 youth, the "plan over the next five years is to almost double."

MBQ interviews Youth Villages’ CEO Pat Lawler about the growth of Youth Villages from a program struggling to survive to a successful program serving over 17,000 children in 67 facilities across 11 states and employs 2,500 staff.

Youth Villages is a Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP partner and works largely with children who are in foster care or have suffered from some form of abuse and need treatment. Read how in addition to helping all these children, they raise money to support Youth Villages’ $165 million budget. While they currently have 400 residential beds for youth involved with their residential treatment program, Lawler believes in-home services with counselors is more effective and less expensive than residential programs.

You can directly help Youth Villages by becoming a mentor for a young person. Fill out our interest form and join the team!

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