Rahway Resident Completes Internship Helping Children

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Melissa Servedio

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Melissa Servedio of Rahway spent her summer interning 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 have suffered abuse or neglect, or who have emotional and behavioral issues. Servedio interned at Youth Villages’ Bartlett Campus, helping children in residential treatment learn more positive behavior patterns and deal with past trauma.

Servedio is pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Kean University in Union. Her career goal is to work in residential Christian treatment.

Headquartered in Memphis, Youth Villages this year will help more than 15,000 children and families in 10 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, 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.

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