Shalala R. Riley of Helena was selected for an internship at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live successfully.
Youth Villages provides a wide variety of programs to help children who may have suffered abuse or neglect, or who may have emotional and behavioral issues. Riley is interning at Youth Villages' Coteswood Group Home, helping boys in residential treatment learn more positive behavior patterns and deal with past trauma.
Riley is a junior at Kaplan University. She is double majoring in sociology and human services. She holds an associate's degree in sociology from Southwest Tennessee Community College. She is a graduate of Central High School.
Headquartered in Memphis, Youth Villages this year will help more than 20,000 children and families in 11 states and Washington, D.C., through a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services.
Youth Villages' focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home or in a home-like setting two years after completing a Youth Villages program.
Named one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work For by Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group in 2010 and 2011, Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and recently was identified by The White House as one of the nation's most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations.
For more information about Youth Villages, visit www.youthvillages.org.