YFS wins ONE Award
Canadian County Youth and Family Services has been named Oklahoma’s top nonprofit for youth development, with an award from Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards and Devon Energy.
The organization was also awarded $7,500 at the April 12 ONE ceremony.
“Youth development is what we do,” said YFS board president Nathan Richter when accepting the award. “From helping youth reclaim success to helping them achieve a better future, we strive to help our youth put their lives back together for good and for the future of our community.”
Youth and Family Services was one of 24 finalists for the award – out of about 19,000 nonprofits statewide, executive director Dee Blose said. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit formed in 1974. While originally begun to meet the need for an emergency shelter for children and youth in Canadian County, YFS now has more than 10 programs serving Canadian, Oklahoma, Kingfisher and Blaine counties, among others, Blose said.
“Programs include counseling, foster care, school consultation, GED/educational services, mentoring, tutoring, independent living, youth employment services, parent training courses, drug and alcohol education and first-offender programs,” she said. “YFS is a critical social services nonprofit in our area and annually helps 2,600 individuals.”
ONE Awards Selection commissioners determine award finalists, Blose said.
“The finalists are selected because they are the best of the best at what they do,” commission chair J. Jerry Dickman said. “From the top level of management down to the part-time staff, these are committed individuals pulling together to achieve missions as big as Oklahoma.”