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State of the Child Luncheon was all about the kids!

State of the Child dance

Thank you to all who attended and supported our State of the Child Luncheon! We enjoyed youth performances and we were moved by some of the stories shared by our clients and their families. Thank you to our 2016 Presenting Champion Sponsor American Electric Power, Leadership Sponsor Nationwide, and Benefactor Sponsors Honda of America Mfg, Inc. and L Brands Foundation. Click here for more details.

Paper Tigers at the Gateway Film Center

State of the Child dance

Thank you to those who joined us for the film screening of James Redford's new documentary, Paper Tigers, followed by the panel discussion with trauma experts leading innovative approaches for addressing trauma and building resilience. More details here.

Parker Lee Foundation PBR 10K'16


Parker Lee Foundation did it again! PBR10k’16 was incredible! Thank you for the $25,000 check delivered onstage to DFYF’s CEO Duane Casares. On behalf of the youth and families we serve, a huge thank you to PLF and all who supported this wonderful event!


DOGS & DRINKS for Directions @ Strongwater


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Thank you to those who sponsored, attended and supported Dogs and Drinks for Directions January 28th. We loved the industrial space at Strongwater, the hot dog bar, the regular bar, music, and networking with good friends. Thank you to all who helped us raise funds to support programming at Directions for Youth & Families. Learn more.

Listen to Duane & Dave Sunday mornings

97.1 fan radio

Tune in every Sunday morning for 97.1 The Fan Columbus Perspective Program. DFYF’s CEO, Duane Casares, addresses community and mental health issues in the last 20 minutes of the program which airs 7 – 8 a.m. each Sunday morning. Have a behavioral or mental health question for Duane to address? Click here to send your question. Click here to go to 97.1 The Fan.

Best Places to Work

Best Place to work 2015

DFYF is honored to be named one of the Top 50 best nonprofit agencies to work for in the U.S. by The Nonprofit Times, the leading business magazine for nonprofit management, in its April 2015 issue.



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