NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | July 2019

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NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | July 2019

NewsFeed @ Youth In Need | July 22, 2019

Youth In Need Named a 2019 “Top Workplace”

Youth In Need has been named as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Top Workplaces for the seventh consecutive year since being nominated by an employee in 2013! The Top Workplaces are based on employee feedback secured through anonymous survey results. More than 265 employees completed the survey that measures both organizational health and how employees feel about their day-to-day job.

“The survey evaluates employee feedback about workplace culture, the levels of employee engagement, organizational health, and overall satisfaction,” said Mackenzie Wray, Youth In Need’s HR Manager. “While it is nice to be recognized as a top place to work, the real satisfaction comes from continuously striving to provide the best workplace for our people. It is great to have employees who love where they work—and demonstrate that on the job every day!”


“Being named a Top Workplace is a big deal—only 150 companies made this year’s list, said Pat Holterman-Hommes, Chief Executive Officer. “We’re proud of this award, and we know that we need to constantly be working on making Youth In Need a great place for great people to do great work.”


Pat’s Chat: Celebrating Success

I was thrilled to attend the annual Transitional Living Program (TLP) “Celebration of Success” recently!  Each year, we have an opportunity to recognize and honor the young people in our TLP group home and Supported Apartments Program (SAP) for their many wonderful achievements. Staff were all on hand, and everyone was beaming with pride and joy! Awards were given to youth for accomplishments in education and employment, as well as leadership and life skills, including:

  • Getting a driver’s license
  • Completing a job readiness training program
  • Maintaining employment for an extended period of time*
  • Working a full-time job Monday through Friday and a part-time job on the weekend
  • Focusing on earning and saving money
  • Demonstrating independence in keeping their space clean (and modeling that for others)*
  • Promoting a positive peer culture through leadership, confidence, communication and empathy*
  • Displaying positive attitudes and behaviors such as helpfulness, reliability and problem-solving*
  • Leading by example and supporting peers*

*Multiple youth were recognized for this!

Awards also were given to key community partners, including the St. Charles City-County Library for doing fun group activities to promote learning in science, technology, engineering and math, and  to the Martinez family for helping furnish apartments to get youth off to a good start. Board member Beau Richmond and Michelle Gorman, Vice President of Youth Programs, gave an update on the Board of Directors “LinkedYIN” committee, which conducts “meet and greets” monthly for TLP youth geared toward mentoring and education about a variety of careers and professions. LinkedYIN announced the launch of a new matched savings account program, where they will match the average amount that each youth saves from July to September!

We know that change happens in the context of relationships, and the relationships in that room were evident. It was heartwarming to see the caring support between staff and youth, as well as seeing how youth support each other. As staff and Board members both shared, it is a privilege to know these amazing young people and walk beside them on their journey to success.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” —Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson


Tee Off for a Great Cause

Golf with us! It’s one of the St. Louis region’s largest charity golf tournaments, and you won’t want to miss it! Youth In Need’s 22nd annual Centene Charitable Foundation Golfing for Youth Benefit Tournament is Monday, Aug. 5 at Whitmoor Country Club and the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in St. Charles.

Here’s how you can get involved:

For more information about any of these opportunities, visit or contact Alicia Rosier, Annual Fund Director, at 636-757-9346.

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