06/28/20: Yancey County Empowering Youth and Families Program (EYFP) highly values its county staff as indispensable. Program Assistant (PA) Nicki Maness, recently returned from leave, says that in the Yancey Extension building, everyone’s office is a pretty direct reflection of themselves. One of their most unique office spaces, filled with miscellaneous items ranging from fishing poles to charcoal bricks to a deep freezer full of meats, belongs to Peirce Bingham. Peirce is a facilitator for EYFP as well as Yancey County’s Mountain Challenge Coordinator, a 4-H club mentor, an executive member on the Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force, and a leader of Yancey’s Celebrate Recovery chapter. Since day one, Peirce has been onboard with EYFP, and he deeply desires to see youth and families in Yancey County be successful. When asked why he is involved with Yancey County EYFP, Peirce stated, “EYFP is a game changer and exactly what most of the families we serve need to meet the challenges they are facing. We are thankful to be a partner in this important work!” Yancey County EYFP is so thankful for staff like Peirce Bingham that are so dedicated to making a difference.
Pender County EYFP highlights an adoption social worker named Annie Murphy. Murphy is one of the community partners for Pender County EYFP, and she sat on the panel of experts for the screening of Resiliency during Pender County’s EYFP community event. In addition to being an EYFP partner, Murphy is the Adoption and Foster Home Licensing Social Worker for the Pender County Department of Social Services and has worked over 26 years in this field. Some of her job responsibilities include recruiting, training, and licensing new families to be adoptive foster parents, as well as assisting with matching and placing children in foster homes. She also visits foster homes to ensure compliance with licensure requirements and provides community training opportunities for foster families. Her main goal is to find and train families to ultimately provide permanency for children. Pender County EYFP is very proud to have Annie Murphy, as well as the Pender County Department of Social Services and Child Placement Unit, as their partners.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the moment that we forget to look back on events of the past. Lee County EYFP spent their virtual meeting last week reflecting on activities they enjoyed during the last EYFP cohort they were in. One EYFP volunteer brought up the “family shield” as one of his favorite activities. For this activity, families created a shield that highlighted their values and beliefs as a family. This activity encouraged communication between family members and ensured that everyone was engaged. The volunteer said he enjoyed listening to families share what values they came up with and why they were important to their family. With many families spending more time at home together during this time of social distancing, it is more important than ever to communicate and demonstrate those unique family values.