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New Position Aims to Remove Barrier to Funding, Support

November 9
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Media Contact:
Maureen Alley, communications director
608-513-3962
malley@wisconsinyouthcompany.org 

Madison, Wisconsin — Tuesday, November 9, 2021 — Wisconsin Youth Company created a new position to meet the growing needs of its families. The new Family Outreach Coordinator position plays a vital role in ensuring programs are accessible to all families. This position serves as a liaison between community partners, funding sources and families, and is the primary contact for families receiving funding and partners providing funding. 

“Wisconsin Youth Company is able to provide assistance to families, but sometimes navigating the systems to access that support can be a barrier. We wanted to have a staff person dedicated to supporting families through the process. This is one more way to break down those barriers and ensure access for all children,” says Rebecca Carlin, executive director, Wisconsin Youth Company. 

The Family Outreach Coordinator assists families with financial assistance policies and procedures, and any other required information for financial assistance sources. This new position is essential in developing and maintaining relationships with families. 

“Once children begin attending programs, the Family Outreach Coordinator will work with families to make sure their accounts are kept up to date and will collaborate with the family and other agencies that offer assistance in paying for childcare fees,” says Jinny Phillips, registration director. 

Katherine Bleyl was hired for the new position and started in October. Bleyl is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University and has a passion for diversity, inclusivity, and increased accessibility to community resources.  

“I work with families in our program who are in need of financial assistance by helping them navigate the process of obtaining tuition assistance, scholarships, and other forms of financial assistance depending on their needs,” Bleyl adds. “The cost of childcare can make or break a family’s finances, and I believe it’s imperative that every family has equal access to high quality childcare. I love having the opportunity to build relationships with the families I work with, and making sure their needs are met.” 

The Family Outreach Coordinator is a full-time position based in the Madison office. Families who need support can contact 608-276-9782. 

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