Philanthropy: Past Month's Inspiration

Y.O.U., Inc.

Our CEO, Craig Stevens, has been involved with Youth Opportunities Upheld, better known as Y.O.U. Inc., for more than a decade, serving on its Board of Directors and currently chairing its annual fundraiser.

His connection to the organization's work with at-risk children is deeply personal, he explains:

    "My mother was orphaned at 3 years old when her mother passed away. She had a very difficult childhood growing up apart from her six siblings and being raised in several foster homes. I am grateful for the upbringing that I had and feel the obligation to help the future of the world. YOU Inc. allows me to create a better future for children in desperate need of care and guidance. I get to connect to the children and see how they change their lives and become an integral part of society in a positive manner."

Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc.), is a leading child welfare and behavioral health organization located in Central Massachusetts.

Y.O.U., Inc. provides a wide range of social, psychological, educational, vocational, and other preventive and rehabilitative programs for troubled and at-risk children, adolescents, and families.

Y.O.U., Inc. began in 1971 as an arm of the Worcester Juvenile Court to provide court diversion and prevention services to troubled adolescents. Over the years, Y.O.U., Inc. has remained true to its mission of providing opportunities for people to become contributing members of the community while expanding and diversifying services to meet ever-changing community needs.

Today, the agency has more than 30 different programs within five components: Outpatient Family Centers, Community-Based Services, Residential Services, Education and Vocational Services, and Managed Care. Last year, Y.O.U., Inc. provided services for more than 8,000 children, adolescents, and families.

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