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Youth Service Bureau 2022 - #WhyILoveYSB

What is #WhyILoveYSB?

Youth Service Bureau is proud to share our #WhyILoveYSB campaign! At YSB, our mission is built upon forging and strengthening relationships, while helping our clients reach their greatest potential. For over 40 years, the YSB has been supported in this mission by our passion-driven team members and local supporters, who have all given their time and resources to assist children and families in our community and across our state.

With our #WhyILoveYSB campaign, we’re presenting you with stories and testimony from our own YSB family, both past and present. We’re also inviting our local community supporters and past clients to share their experiences with YSB, and to speak to the impact it has made on their lives.

For our team members, the greatest reward is knowing they’ve helped their clients overcome personal obstacles and made a difference in the lives of others. During the campaign, we hope you enjoy reading these testimonies, and we encourage you to share your own!

To share your own experiences with the YSB, tag us on Facebook (@ysbjc) or Twitter (@ysbjc), and be sure to include the hashtag #WhyILoveYSB!

Our TEAM

What led you to your role at the YSB?​
It started for me as a part-time Direct Care Worker in our Residential Program. After about a year in that program I moved into a full-time position as the Keeping At Risk Students in School (KARSS) Program Coordinator. I held that position for about 10 years and did some work in our Home-based Programming during that time as well. After that I became the Human Resource and Compliance Office until stepping into the role of Executive Director three years ago.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
While in college I was not 100% on what I wanted to do for a career, but it did not take long at the YSB to figure out my path included helping others. Through my various roles at the YSB having the ability to help others has definitely been my favorite part of working here! I have also been fortunate enough over the years to come into contact with a number of amazing co-workers and clients. Spending time and building relationships with them has been a very enjoyable part of my time here as well!
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
What stands out to me the most is that no matter how difficult or how painful the situation the employees here will always step up and help each other out, both to the benefit of the client and to each other. Over the years we have faced some very difficult situations, but we have overcome each one thanks to the dedication and passion of those who work at the YSB!
Personal Thoughts:​
Helping others is extremely rewarding work, but it is no secret that this line of work can also be very difficult and draining. We are always looking for good people who want to help create better situations for those we serve to join our team! If interested in employment or if you just want to know more about what we do, please don't hesitate to reach out!
PJ Corwin
Executive Director
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
In 1998 I was new to the area and in need of a job, I saw an ad in the newspaper and decided to apply for a part-time position in the Residential facility, two weeks later I was hired for full-time work.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
I have many favorite memories working in all of the various programs over the years, however, what I enjoy most is the sense of "family" in each of the programs. Co-workers support each other and believe in the values and mission of the YSB making it a great place to work. Outside of the co-workers, it is an amazing feeling knowing we are making a difference in someone's life, sometimes those impacts are not immediately recognized, but we later learn about our impact when residents and other program participants reach out to us and share how we influenced, improved, supported and believed in them accomplishing personal goals.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
In my opinion, YSB has a culture of family...both within the agency between co-workers and with the clients we work with.
Stacy Blankenbaker Bohnke
Residential, (Previous) Office Manager, +4
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
I began working at the YSB as a college student. I have remained with the agency throughout the years and gradually moved into my current position.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
My favorite part of my role is my YSB Team. We work in various programs, with the same mission.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
The YSB is very open and encouraging. Not only do we serve children and families but we are a family friendly organization. The YSB strives to help all achieve their best.
Marsi Ashman Dow
Program Manager/Supervisor Healthy Families
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
Self-motivation, desire to help staff/clients achieve their greatest potential, determination. Desire to provide a positive/consistent male role model and support to youth in Randolph County.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
I enjoy being a part of a caring team of staff that everyday helps families overcome very difficult and heartbreaking circumstances. Home-based staff all work together and each member is an equally valuable and important to the team.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
Everyone cares, everyone pitches in to help, everyone works together to help one another.
Personal Thoughts:​
YSB expects workers to work hard follow through with quality services but also encourages self-care and offers benefits needed to allow this to occur on a routine basis.
Chris Dubach
BASE/Home-Based Program Manager
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
A former Employee at YSB thought i would be a good fit for the team.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
We all have the same goal to help the kids with any struggle they maybe going threw. We all connect with the kids on a different level and are able to be there for them and help them to be able to help them figure out who they truely are and what they want to do with their future. The fact we are able to show them a better path in life.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
It is a non judgmental facility
Davvin Fisher
Direct Care Giver
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
I was the receptionist here and I saw that Residential needed help so I asked if I could learn the job and make a difference.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
Working with the kiddos, getting to know them, being able to help them succeed. The YSB team is like no other, they are spectacular!
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
Accepting of all.
Personal Thoughts:
This is truly the most fulfilling position I have ever held.
Janis Baldwin
Residential Case Manager
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
I wanted to work somewhere with good values and that do good things for our community.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
I get to work with and help some of the most amazing and caring people I have ever met.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
They really do care about everyone. It truly feels like I am a part of something good in this world.
Shelli Rigsbee
File Review
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
I was led to YSB because I believe in people and their capabilities to achieve healing and resilience.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
Helping people find their own super powers.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
YSB is full of genuine staff, people who truly care.
Ashli Aspy
Homebased Case Worker
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
Wanting to change people's lives.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
I'm still new but I love watching my coworkers do their jobs so amazingly!
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
The family feel. Everyone makes you feel welcome and like family.
Personal Thoughts:
I had only been here for two weeks when I unexpectedly lost my mother, and the team made sure I was able to take time to grieve her and even bought flowers for her service. My coworkers barely knew me, but made me feel so loved right away. I have been absolutely blessed to find this job and this amazing team. ❤️
April Echevarria
Family Support Specialist
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
A passion for social work.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
Making an impact and/or difference in someone's life.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
It is so welcoming and inviting.
Personal Thoughts:
The YSB is like a home away from home. It's not just a "job". It's a passion driven career.
Chelsey Bogle
Homemaker/Parent Aid
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
Starting as a HBCW and wanting to do more to help our clients.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
The team support and approach that the homebased program has. Love the team!
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
The support and genuine care for one another that the workers have!
Personal Thoughts:​
I started working here and had to leave for a short time due to personal issues. But I really missed the work, and the team. I looked so forward to returning and I am so glad to be back. I love the company, the people, and the job.
Karla Eberle
Therapist/Clinical Director
What led you to your role at the YSB?​
I started out as the residential case manager and was promoted in December of 2021.
What are your favorite parts of your role and the YSB team?​
I came from the DCS side of the map after 5 years and have enjoyed working on the other side of the system. I feel as if I can make a bigger impact on the children and families lives and I am able to see the outcome at a quicker pace in residential care. I can rely on my team to do what's best for each and every individual we serve.
What stands out to you about the culture at the YSB?​
I love that we are all here for a greater cause in helping others. You won't meet a worker that is not dedicated to going above and beyond for our clients and each other.
MacKenzie Ashley
Residential Program Director

Our community

Want to share your own #WhyILoveYSB story?

We’d love to hear from you! You can share your own experiences with the YSB by tagging us on Facebook or Twitter! Be sure to include the hashtag #WhyILoveYSB in your post to be included in the campaign. Your post may be selected to be shared on social media and on this page!

To share your own experiences with the YSB, tag us on Facebook (@ysbjc) or Twitter (@ysbjc), and be sure to include the hashtag #WhyILoveYSB!