OPENING ARMS AND HEARTS

Adama was 12 when her mother sent her from her home in West Africa to live with a relative in Maryland. Decades of civil war,  poverty and unemployment had driven desperate parents to seek a better life for their children in the U.S., even if they had to make the long journey alone, as Adama did. The family lifeline in Maryland turned out to be abusive, and Adama, with no where else to turn, was taken into foster care.

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Youth & Family Services’ Staff

–           Keyandra Brisco, LCSW-C  – Director of Family Preservation and Support Services Lindsey Foss, LCMFT – Director of Linkages to Learning Kimberly Nimmons, LCPC – Director of Regional Youth Services/CORE Counseling Elena dos Reis – Director of Linkages to Learning Meredith Smith – Director of Youth Development     […]

POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS

Two Bethesda Chevy Chase High School students, 10th grader Teaven, and 9th grader Tsegab, have been active participants in YMCA Youth & Family Services programs for many years. This year they had the unique opportunity to present a project idea to improve pedestrian safety to Ms. Nadji Kirby at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.  Despite their nerves, the young men did a great job in a professional setting, answered all of Ms. Kirby’s questions, and addressed each of her concerns.  Ms. Kirby was impressed by the project, and the presentation made by Teaven and Tsegab. Continue reading “POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS” »

YouthLinks’ Steering Committee

Youth Links began in 2005 as the brainchild of a circuit court judge, the head of child welfare and YMCA leadership.  Nearly a decade later, the court and welfare systems remain active in helping to guide the program. Hon. Richard Jordan, Judge, Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit Lisa Merkin, […]