Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Pat Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages, who highlights the Memphis, Tennessee-based nonprofit that is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health committed to build strong families, delivering effective services and significantly improving outcomes for children, families and young people involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems across the country. Founded in 1986, the organization’s 3,400 employees help more than 36,000 children annually in 23 states across the U.S. and the District of Columbia. Youth Villages has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations.
During the interview, Pat also highlights their new podcast, Stronger Than You Think, which focuses on interviewing and sharing the stories of the organization’s team members. Through their stories, you get a glimpse into the path that brought each of them to Youth Villages, how they maintain personal and professional wellness in a field that challenges them, and the stories from which they draw inspiration to keep doing their critical work. Pat then wraps up discussing Memphis Allies, an initiative launched by Youth Villages that is bringing together community groups and resources to turn the City’s most dangerous places into safe neighborhoods where families and businesses can thrive and children can reach their full potential as adults. Pat talks about their SWITCH model, the feedback already being received, and how the community can get involved and support their efforts.