Ana Saavedra elected chair of the Youth Services Council | Community News

BRATTLEBORO — Ana Saavedra, a financial adviser at Edward Jones Investments, recently assumed the role of chair of the youth services board, taking the reins from Cathy Coonan, whose two-year term ended in July. Saavedra has served on the agency’s board of directors for the past 15 years in a number of senior positions.

Over the past 50 years, nonprofit youth services have built community; its programs have targeted runaway and homeless youth; young people leaving a foster family; mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters; embedded drug prevention counselors in all Windham County high schools; individual and family counselling; support groups for young mothers; intensive family-focused services for those at risk of losing their children in state custody; clinical services; and restorative justice programs, such as diversion, as well as efforts to improve school attendance and reduce the presence of young people in the justice system.

During her tenure on the Board, Saavedra served as Vice President and served on the Executive and Gala Committees. She has chaired development, endowment and planned giving committees for a decade or more.

Since last spring, Saavedra has been an integral part of the Youth Services 50th Anniversary Endowment Campaign with the goal of raising $250,000 for the endowment from area donors in 2022. Through his example, all Councilors Edward Jones area financiers have personally donated money to create a $13,000 fund to match Youth Services endowment donations from area business owners, members of civic organizations and individual.

Michael Silverman of Dummerston, an organizational development consultant on USAID projects around the world, assumed the role of vice chair of the Youth Services Board.

A financial adviser to Edward Jones for 18 years, Saavedra came to Brattleboro in 2004 to open his second office in town. In total, there are now five Edward Jones offices in the region, according to Saavedra, each appealing to a different constituency. In 2019 and 2020, Saavedra was honored as one of the firm’s Top 10% Financial Advisors nationwide. Since moving to town, Saavedra has also been an active member of the Brattleboro Rotary Club.

Russell Bradbury-Carlin, executive director of Youth Services, said Saavedra has been an outstanding board member and will make an equally great president. He described Saavedra as very articulate and knowledgeable about the many ways charitable giving can gain tax and estate benefits while helping nonprofit groups like youth services.

“Ana’s enthusiasm for our mission and her fearlessness and candor in talking about money – something few of us are so comfortable with – have made her a tremendous asset to our recovery efforts. fundraising all these years,” he said. “Ana has a knack for distilling the essence of our agency to the public – and explains why donating to youth services is a great investment.”

“I look forward to continuing the legacy of strong leadership at Youth Services, helping other board members become more comfortable with fundraising, and supporting the essential work the agency is doing to youth, adults and families in our community,” Saavedra said. .

Some of the youth service innovations of the past five years include Demo Graphix, a youth-led screen printing business; Friends for Change, a summer camp and after-school program in Bellows Falls; Work Today, an on-demand employment service for people in difficult circumstances; and a merger with the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, expanded the range of programs offered and clients served. Despite the wide variety of programs, relationship building is at the heart of everything Youth Services does.

To find out how to get involved, contact [email protected] or call 802-257-0361.

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