Who We Are

Vision: That every young person in Forsyth County who has been in foster care as a teenager will make a successful transition to adulthood

Mission: Support young people in foster care by coordinating robust partnerships between public and private resources and to extend those supports until they turn 26.

YIT Strategic Goals

  • Sustain an Effective Community YIT Initiative
  • Improve Short and Long term Outcomes for Youth Who Transition from Foster Care compared to national benchmarks
  • Support Healthy and Productive Partnerships with DSS and other Key Organizations
  • Create a model that is replicable to expand and share with other counties throughout North Carolina
  • Improve the delivery of supports available to young people in foster care

YIT is funded by a growing variety of supporters. The Duke Endowment and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust have been great investors in our work. Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina serves as our lead agency providing both direct and in-kind support, we have received program grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the City of Winston-Salem, and individuals have contributed to the ongoing success of YIT.

Community Partnership Board Members

  • Betsy Annese, Annese Public Relations
  • Joe Crocker, Director: Poor & Needy Division, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Bob Feikema, President, Family Services, Inc.
  • Art Gibel, Pres & CEO, Goodwill Industries NW NC
  • Cindy Gordineer, Pres & CEO, United Way of Forsyth County
  • Dan Kornelis, Housing & Community Development Director, Forsyth County
  • Steve Lineberger, Community business leader
  • Judge Lisa Menefee, Chief District Court Judge
  • Rodessa Mitchell, VP of Education & Workforce Development, WS Chamber of Commerce
  • Debra Donahue, Director, Forsyth County Department of Social Services
  • Scott Wierman, President, The Winston Salem Foundation
  • Sheryll Strode, Community business leader



  • Cam Brenegar

    Where do i send a contribution? I need an address.

    • alex

      Any contribution to YIT needs to be made out to Goodwill Industries, then designate YIT on the check.

      Goodwill, as our lead agency, offers in-kind support of YIT, but does not directly support financially our general operating budget. YIT must raise that on its own.
      Any checks designated for YIT, will only support YIT and no other programs at Goodwill.

      Checks can be mailed to:
      Youth in Transition
      2701 University Parkway
      WS, NC 27015

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