Mission and Vision
YouthBASE equips children in K5-2nd grades and their families to build the child’s behavioral, academic, social and emotional competencies so they may succeed at school, home, and in the community.
We envision a community where all children succeed. Success to us means that children have age appropriate behavior and social/emotional capacities/opportunities and grade level academic proficiency to experience success at school, at home and in community.
- Performing at or above grade level academically
- Age appropriate behavior (respectful, polite, good communication skills)
- Age appropriate social skills and ability to positively express emotion
- Emotionally supportive environment
- Strong families build strong children
YouthBASE is located in the Southernside neighborhood at 813 Hampton Avenue
- AJ Whittenberg
- Stone Academy
Linda has been involved in YouthBASE since 2008 as a community volunteer followed by volunteer coordinator. She was appointed Executive Director in August 2010. She has extensive experience working within the education system,including 12 years of home-based schooling and local Title 1 schools.
Linda has over 25 years of experience working in community-based organizations. While providing leadership and vision for the YouthBASE organization she writes grants, builds working relationships and collaborations within the community, recruits volunteers and businesses to be involved with YouthBASE.
Linda has a passion for working with children and families. She brings to YouthBASE a renewed commitment to partnering with families, educators and community agencies in order to provide children with holistic support. She participated in The Diversity Leadership Institute and is a Riley Fellow, Spring class XIX.
Café de Madres Coordinator
Logan Chandler is excited to coordinate Cafe de Madres this year! She is a Charleston native who learned Spanish in Chile, but now calls Greenville home. She was a school counselor for three years and loves everything related to children and families! She spends most of her time chasing her two children, and fits in her favorite hobbies reading and hiking when she can.
Juanita Jones joined YouthBASE as the new Program Director in June, 2017. Juanita is a passionate advocate for social and emotional learning and works diligently to create programs that foster student growth. Within her career, she has been privileged to work with students Pre-K to college, and is adept at recognizing and cultivating potential in youth and young adults. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Human Resource Management emphasis and Masters in Human Resource development. Juanita works diligently to bridge her administrative and training and development background with her passion for building effective youth programs. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Youth Development Leadership program at Clemson University. Juanita is excited to serve alongside an amazing team at YouthBASE.
Tisha has been with YouthBASE since September of 2015, working with the Kindergarteners and now the first graders. She volunteered in several capacities for many years in the schools during the time her three sons were attending. Upon moving to Greenville, she knew that she wanted to work with children and is so excited to be on staff at YouthBASE. In her spare time, she loves to be outside, especially biking and running. She is finishing her Certificate in Early Childhood Development at Greenville Tech, and sits on the Boards of both Newcomers of Greater Greenville and Project Host.
Thelma Gossett-Bigsby has over 30 years experience working with children in Greenville. She enjoy reading, telling stories, walking, and cooking (sometimes). She is married to Kenneth. They are parents to one son, Brandon; one grandson, Benjamin; and one dog, Eazi. She has had the pleasure of being the teacher-;librarian at the following elementary schools: Ellen Woodside, Crestview, Alexander, and Brook Glenn. She is eager to help students at Youth Base.
Board of Directors
- Stephanie Williams, Chair Elect
- Lynn Mann, Chair
- Gresham Brown, Vice Chair
- Michael Williamson
- Bob Stephenson
- Lacy Grimm
- Matt Dowless
- Lia Mesaric