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DFYF news from Summer 2015 is available. We hope you enjoy reading about our three youth who were awarded scholarships through the National Crittenton Foundation as young women working to achieve their educational goals, some news about our Ohio Avenue Youth Center taking center stage at State of the Child luncheon, and a heartfelt letter of thanks for what one DFYF worker did for her clients. We are proud of the work we do and hope you enjoy reading a little about it.

Crittenton Center Opens


DFYF opened a new community center on Kimberly Parkway North. The Crittenton Center provides opportunities for young people to engage in after-school and summer activities. Programs emphasize the importance of abstaining from drugs and alcohol, violence, and delinquent behavior. The Crittenton Center is working in partnership with the surrounding neighborhood to develop programming that best meets the community’s needs.

State of the Child Luncheon

State of the Child dance

Thanks to the support of the Central Ohio community, the 2015 State of the Child Luncheon raised more than $155,000 to support the programs and services provided by Directions for Youth & Families. Kids were a big part of the luncheon - sharing video testimonials about DFYF, performing dance and musical numbers, and creating artwork for sale. Thank you to Champion Sponsor American Electric Power and Leadership Sponsors L Brands Foundation and Nationwide. See the complete list of sponsors and photos from the event.

Parker Lee Foundation PBR 10K


Our wonderful friends at the Parker Lee Foundation presented DFYF with a $20,000 check; proceeds from their February PBR 10K event where 1,150 people were in attendance (sold out). Thank you to our generous friends.

Listen to Duane & Dave Sunday mornings

97.1 fan radio

Tune in every Sunday morning for 97.1 The Fan Columbus Perspective Program. DFYF’s CEO, Duane Casares, addresses community and mental health issues in the last 15 minutes of the program which airs 7 – 8 a.m. each Sunday morning. Have a behavioral or mental health question for Duane to address? Click here to send your question. Click here to go to 97.1 The Fan.

Best Places to Work

Best Place to work 2015

DFYF is honored to be named one of the Top 50 best nonprofit agencies to work for in the U.S. by The Nonprofit Times, the leading business magazine for nonprofit management, in its April 2015 issue.



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