Staff & Board Members
Our Mission & Vision
Youth Connections enhances the quality of life for youth and their families in our communities.
Youth Connections strives to be the premier agency advocating for youth and their families in Johnson, Morgan, and Brown counties. We provide dynamic programs and services that promote family support and positive youth development. We achieve our goals through a highly knowledgeable talented staff, a visionary board and outstanding community partnerships. We want the community to believe in Youth Connections and invest in our future.
Our Core Roles
Youth Connections believes that every young person deserves: A healthy start, caring mentors and parents, marketable skills and to have the opportunity to serve. We help youth and families meet their emotional, physical and psychological needs. Youth Connections is a youth service bureau and as such YSB programming is defined in Indiana state statute and includes four core roles: Juvenile delinquency prevention, information and referral services, community education and advocacy for youth
Our Diversity Statement
Youth Connections recognizes the importance of respecting people, valuing differences, and managing diversity. It is our responsibility to enable (individually and collectively) the potential of all employees by creating a work environment supportive of the unique talents, skills, and abilities each has to offer in meeting the needs of the individuals, customers and donors we serve in the community.
Recruitment and advertising for staff positions shall include a public notification process that encourages applications from a diverse population. Applicants will complete an employment application form that is supplemented by interviews, references and other information. All interviewed applicants will be notified of employment decisions.
Meet Our Staff & Board Members
President: Kim Shell – Educator retired
Vice President Finance: Jerry Sparks- Self-employed
Vice President of Marketing – Keith Fechtman- Books & Brews
Secretary/VP of Board Development-
Christina Callard- Mass Mutual Midwest
Iddo Porat- CMIT Solutions
Lucas Hill- Modern Woodmen
Shana Gilbert – Youth Connections – (non-voting member)
Billy Bemis, Bemis Group
Bev Hart, Retired City/County official
John Reames, Attorney-at-Law
Pat Van Valer, Retired attorney
Youth Connections History
Formerly Johnson County Youth Services Bureau
Johnson County Youth Services Bureau was founded
Youth Home on Hurricane Street in Franklin Indiana opens
W.A.T.C.H. program begins
(What About The Children?): first divorce education program
Safe Place/Host Home program
begins in Johnson County
Info-line program begins
Group Home closes
W.H.A.M. program begins
(What About Me?) Family
divorce education program for children
John Shafer joins
Longest tenured staff member. (currently F.I.T. class)
United Way of Johnson County takes over info-line program.
Positive Teen Parenting
Custody Evaluation Program Begins
W.A.T.C.H. and W.H.A.M.
become Families in
Children’s Visitation Center
begins taking referrals from
Johnson county courts
F.I.T. mandated by courts.
Safe Place and Host Homes expand into
JCYSB, in partnership with United Way of Johnson County,
Johnson County Community Foundation
and Johnson County 4-H, with help from
Leadership Johnson County, launches the
Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Johnson County (YPIJC)
Name changes from
Johnson County Youth Services Bureau to
Jumpstart Mentoring Program Begins
1st Annual Breakfast of Champions
Jumpstart Programming was expanded into Morgan County.
JUMPSTART PROGRAMMING EXPANDED TO INCLUDE LUNCH
GROUPS FOCUSED ON SOCIAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Safe Place and Host Homes expands into Brown County.
Jumpstart Mentoring is renamed Youth Mentoring
Family Mentoring program is started