Sentara Health Awards $98,000 Grant to Youth For Tomorrow

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Youth For Tomorrow team members Love Jones, vice president for development and public relations, Terry Tinsley, vice president for residential program services, Laurel Biever, assistant vice president behavioral health services, Carl Street, Jr., vice president behavioral health services, and Dr. Gary Jones, chief executive officer receive the grant check from Jeff Joyner, SNVMC president, Nedra Moncrief-Craig, Sentara director behavioral health services, Michele Eckhardt, SNVMC physician community relations.

Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Sentara Health is proud to continue its support of Youth For Tomorrow (YFT), a non-profit providing a range of services to support at-risk youth and families in Northern Virginia.

On Aug. 24, leaders from Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center (SNVMC) presented YFT with a $98,000 grant in support of behavioral health services. The evening included a buffet dinner hosted by YFT and a presentation of the thought-provoking play “Every Brilliant Thing,” that Sentara brought to the YFT campus in Bristow. A panel discussion with behavioral health professionals followed the production allowing the audience to share in the themes explored through the one-actor play.

The theatrical production “Every Brilliant Thing” was created in 2022 by Virginia Stage Company with support from Sentara. The play blends comedy, improv, and audience interaction to tell the story of someone growing up in the shadow of their mother’s struggle with depression. Last year, the play was presented in several venues in the Hampton Roads area. Sentara will bring the play back to Northern Virginia for a performance in Woodbridge in mid-October; details will soon be available. The overall message of the play is one of hope.

Youth For Tomorrow provides a range of services to support at-risk youth and families – they work to guide them to a better future. Originally envisioned by noted football coach Joe Gibbs in 1983, Youth For Tomorrow opened its doors in 1986 and has been changing lives ever since. Sentara Health is proud to support this important and life-changing work.

“Sentara Behavioral Health and Sentara Cares share in the mission of Youth For Tomorrow and are committed to working collaboratively to help foster support in our community,” said SNVMC President Jeff Joyner. “The needs in our area are great and no one organization can expect to do it all, that’s why we value our relationship with Youth For Tomorrow and support their mission in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”



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