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Youth Villages on quest for Backpack Heroes to donate school supplies for children in need

Jul 1, 2019

Memphis, Tennessee (June 26, 2019) – Youth Villages is seeking Backpack Heroes for more than 10,000 children who are receiving care in Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

The Backpack Heroes program collects school supplies for children who have experienced trauma or have a history of emotional or behavioral health issues so they can start the school year equipped to succeed.

“Every year, many of the families we serve get anxious the closer we get to the school year due to costs associated with school supplies,” said Richard Shaw, chief development officer for Youth Villages. “Backpack Heroes are the answer to helping ensure the children we serve have school supplies they need. We are incredibly appreciative to every individual and group who supports us in this effort.”

Individuals, families or groups, such as businesses or church congregations, may participate as Backpack Heroes by visiting

About Youth Villages

Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health bringing help and hope to tens of thousands of children, families and young people across the U.S annually. The organization offers a continuum of evidence- and research-based programs, including its two national models: YVIntercept, which offers intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSetTM, which gives transition-age foster youth a good start on successful adulthood. Youth Villages also offers foster care, adoption, crisis services and residential treatment. The organization has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. Learn more at