Nonprofit Homeless Teen Program Announces New Program Director
Newport, Washington, 9/21/2016
Youth Emergency Services (YES), a non-profit organization serving homeless youth of Pend Oreille County since 2006, has announced the selection of Martina Coordes, as its new program director. Martina will fill the vacancy created by Judi Lee’s retirement this fall. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process.
“We are very pleased to announce our selection for our new Program Director,” reported Kimberly Gentle, currently the Director of Power and Risk Management at the PUD and YES Board Chair. “Martina will bring leadership and creativity to the YES programs and a deep sense of commitment to our region’s youth. She has a demonstrated commitment to the community of Pend Oreille County and Martina has the experience and energy to insure that YES continues to be seen as an industry leader for providing street youth services in rural America.”
Martina’s resume includes over 10 years working with youth in Pend Oreille County. She holds a Master of Business from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology, giving her a well-rounded educational background with both a head for business and the heart for community service.
“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with the community in this new capacity,” remarks Martina. “I have had the great privilege to work with YES on many projects and have seen the impact the program has made on the youth they serve. I am impressed by the scope of services that are provided and am excited to be a part of this program during this time of expected growth and expansion.”
Youth Emergency Services would like to thank Judi Lee for her many years of services to the community and the youth of Pend Oreille County. Her servant leadership has been the catalyst to change for hundreds of youth and her mark on this community will forever be felt.
“The YES board is sincerely grateful for all she has given to the youth of Pend Oreille county and we wish her all the luck in her Retirement. Thank-you Judi, We will miss you dearly!” says Kimberly Gentle.
Youth Emergency Services (YES) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization providing services to homeless youth in Pend Oreille County for over nine (9) years. YES supports teens in making choices that will help them find and keep safe living conditions. YES is committed to supporting young people in their efforts to remain at home or to find alternative homes where they can grow and thrive. YES believes that every person has the right to be loved, respected and live in an environment that is free from violence, drugs, abuse and other harmful behaviors.
Youth Emergency Services has an ambitious plan to expand over the next five years and has hired two case managers to work with the youth in their communities. The program anticipates that we will serve 135 youth this year.