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Standing Together 


Youth Crossroads, Inc. (YC) recognizes that institutional racism and social justice inequality exists in our nation and community. We acknowledge that our country’s current systems perpetuate racism. We support and will work towards equitable system changes in our schools, social services, financial, justice and other systems that have fed and nurtured racism over the past 400 years.

We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We champion our staff and Board of Directors who support the movement by peacefully marching in protests, giving donations to support change and who continue to reflect, in their own awakening, on the inequities of our country’s systems.

Youth Crossroads continues to learn the effects of racism and racial trauma on young people’s social and emotional development. We acknowledge that improvements are needed in how African-American youth can more easily access our services.

We are committed to learning and deepening our capacity for culturally-sensitive service delivery. We commit to engaging young people of color as well as our professional staff more deeply in key organizational planning, decision-making and leadership opportunities. Youth Crossroads will expand its Board of Directors to be more racially representative of the communities we serve and more active in their racial diversity education.

We pledge to be a stronger voice within our community networks and collaborations to build long-term intolerance to racial inequities and institutional injustice whenever and wherever we find it.

We acknowledge we do not have all the answers: that we need to listen, to learn deeply and better understand how to dismantle and rebuild systems inside and outside our organization that are equitable to all. We also acknowledge that system change is difficult, that it is wide and deep, slow, and can be easily “shelved.” However, our staff and Board of Directors stand committed as an organization to end racism in our country. 

We are humbled to stand together, to raise our voices together, and to remain steadfast in our resolutions for systems change.

YC Staff and Board of Directors

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While our offices are currently closed during the unprecedented pandemic quarantine, our staff and interns are working hard to stay connected and engaged with local youth and their families. We are still very much operational!

To contact someone at Youth Crossroads, here is a quick reference list:

Executive Director  Dave Terrazino   davidt@youthcrossroads.org

Counseling Services Director, Michelle Desideri  michelled@youthcrossroads.org

Counseling Services Assoc Dir, Jackie Wallen jaclynw@youthcrossroads.org     

Youth Development Programs Director, Joel Wallen   joelw@youthcrossroads.org     

Youth Leadership Program Coordinator, Briani Shorter brianis@youthcrossroads.org  

After School Program Coordinator, Lyric Jones lyricj@youthcrossroads.org

To reach additional contacts, please go to OUR TEAM or the CONTACT US link in the ribbon above.

Many thanks to our community partners and collaborators who are doing so much to keep our neighborhoods healthy and connected to needed resources.

Read more about how we're staying connected with youth on the NEWS & EVENTS page

Youth Crossroads, Inc.

Youth Crossroads is a non-profit community-based organization whose mission is to act in the best interest of youth, guiding them through life’s challenges, and inspiring them to discover new opportunities for personal development, healthy relationships, and positive community involvement.

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