Catholic Charities’ Ryves Youth Center in Terre Haute appoints new program director

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana (WTWO/WAWV) — The Ryves Youth Center has a new program director.

Catholic Charities announced Wednesday that Jim Pinkstaff will assume the role of program director for the center.

Pinkstaff, formerly the center’s educational coordinator, has 13 years of experience working with Ryves.

“It’s an honor to accept the position,” said Pinkstaff. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to grow professionally and look forward to taking on new challenges. With this new position, I will continue to serve the children and families living in the Ryves neighborhood with respect and compassion.

“Jim’s experience working with children and their families at Ryves Youth Center and his vision for the future of the program made him the right person to fill this incredibly important role,” said John C. Etling, Director of the Catholic Charities Agency.

In his previous role as Educational Coordinator, Jim worked with children, parents and teachers to ensure students excelled academically. He coordinated ISU work-study students to mentor reading and math students. Additionally, Jim oversaw the Reading Champions program designed to improve both the reading skills and comprehension of elementary students. Many children who have participated in the Champions program have improved their reading and comprehension skills, leading to improved grades in many subjects.

Catholic Charities Press Release

Pinkstaff will take over the role that had been filled by James Edwards who served for 40 years as program director.

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