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How One Youth’s Resourcefulness and Resilience Inspired An Entire Room

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Older generations sometimes look upon younger people as aimless and dependent, raising questions about what the future will bring when a younger generation assumes a role of leadership. Just as the skepticism…

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Why Freddie Gray matters to all of us

Approximately a third of the residents we serve in the residential treatment program are African American. Every time an incident like that of the death of Freddie Gray occurs , I am reminded that the African-American residents we serve are…

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How Youth Are Beating Incredible Odds

During a recent conversation with Thomas Lee, the director of Youth Moving On, Hillsides program of services for youth 18-25 formerly in former foster or probation, it became obvious that the odds against these young people are significant. In its…

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Why this friendship is as deep as family

Friendship as deep as family is how Cindy Roberts, a mentor volunteer at Youth Moving On (YMO), described her seven-year relationship with Jammie Peterson on NBC 4’s television series, “Life Connected,” featuring individuals who pay it forward. Cindy’s effect  on Jammie has…

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Raising the bar

At last week’s annual CWLA Conference in Washington, D.C., I was honored along with other colleagues for helping to “raise the bar” for vulnerable children and families in this country. I was surprised by the recognition, but gratified that my…

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