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Employee Spotlight: Nicole Amenta

Employee Spotlight: Nicole Amenta

Nicole Amenta is originally from Connecticut. As a specialist of social services, she found her way to Bloomington and set sights on pursuing the ideal career. After searching through multiple service providers, she came in contact with Youth Villages. What attracted her to the organization is its unique approach to care and felt that everyone she came in contact with was warm and welcoming. Nicole has been with the organization in Bloomington for a year and a half now and says she loves it…

Michael’s life changed

Michael’s life changed

Some kids collect Pokemon cards; Michael, age 14, collected mugshots.In his first mugshot, he was 9 years old. There are 11 others. Michael’s behavior worsened every year. He set houses on fire and destroyed a $500,000 basketball court at school. He started throwing...

Kameron becomes part of her family’s solution

Kameron becomes part of her family’s solution

  When 16-year-old Kameron first came to Youth Villages, she knew she needed help. She had a traumatic upbringing and was struggling with severe depression and aggression. “Kameron’s trauma made her feel scared, angry and aggressive toward other kids and her...

Alabama Dad goes the distance to reunite his family

Rudolfo Duenes was in Atlanta when he got the phone call that changed his family’s life. His ex-wife, living in Birmingham, Alabama, had been found unconscious in her home. Drugs were involved. Their children, Gavin, 3, and McKenzie, just 2, had been alone in the...

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