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Nonprofit of the Year: YouthCare

| Feb 14, 2017

Melinda Giovengo
The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.

The 2016 Nonprofit of the Year is YouthCare, led by President and CEO, Melinda Giovengo, PhD.

Established in 1974, YouthCare’s mission is to build confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training. During the 1990s, YouthCare made a commitment to provide LGBT-specific programming. LGBT youth are overrepresented in the youth homeless population and, with up to 40 percent self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, many of them kicked out of their homes for being who they are. YouthCare has a 12-space queer and gender neutral housing program where LGBT youth can stay for up to 18 months. YouthCare staff are trained and supported to understand, advocate and teach about the inequities for youth.  YouthCare’s Orion Center is one of only five programs in the nation that provides transitional housing and education (including life skills) with the goal of helping homeless youth find their way back to school and into jobs, plus providing 24-hour drop-in services including access to food, showers, laundry, and social services. Executive Director Melinda Giovengo is published on issues surrounding homeless youth and speaks locally and nationally on youth homelessness. She is highly regarded for her expertise and her passion.  

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