LifeSet partner agencies convene in Philadelphia
Leaders from all 20 implementing LifeSet partner agencies attended a convening in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to learn more about effectively implementing the program model and to share insights from implementations in their states and jurisdictions.
“What a journey it’s been from six total partners three years ago!” said Youth Villages Chief Strategy Officer Jessica Foster.
At the convening, there were large format presentations and small-group brainstorming.
“We heard from young people and specialists in LifeSet, met counterparts from across the country, and overall generated energy and commitment to LifeSet,” she said.
Partner participants at the Philadelphia convening came from Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington state and Washington, D.C. Most brought two or three staff, from supervisors to administrative leads.
Turning Points for Children in Philadelphia, the second LifeSet partner provider, hosted the event. Turning Points began serving young people through LifeSet in 2017.
It was an incredible experience to welcome all of our partners from across the country to the convening this year, representing so many lives impacted by our LifeSet program.
One of the highlights included a panel featuring program alumni and their specialists sharing their experience with LifeSet and how it prepared them for future success.
More than 1,600 young people have received LifeSet services through partner programs this year. Through direct Youth Villages and implementing partner programs, LifeSet has helped more than 5,100 young people.
“It was an incredible experience to welcome all of our partners from across the country to the convening this year, representing so many lives impacted by our LifeSet program.” said Strategic Partners Executive Director Katja Russell.
“The energy at the convening was a reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment we all have to this work!” Russell said.