Who We Are

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

Location

YouthBASE is located in two strategic Greenville locations:

YouthBASE Monaghan
103 Ravenel Street
29611

YouthBASE Judson
103 S. Texas Ave.
29611

 Schools Served

  • AJ Whittenberg
  • Monaview
  • Hollis Elementary
  • Welcome Elementary
  • Alexander

Staff

Melissa Huff

Melissa Huff

Executive Director

Melissa became the Executive Director of YouthBASE in January 2022. She brings 18 years of experience in nonprofit management and development working with a broad range of organizations, including education initiatives. Prior to working with YouthBASE, Huff held development roles at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Miracle Hill Ministries and Hispanic Alliance. She has also directed the iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival of Clemson University and BOOST education initiative at the United Way of Greenville County. Melissa holds a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Samford University. She and her husband and their two daughters live in the Sans Souci neighborhood of Greenville. Melissa enjoys reading, trips to Asheville, NC and the Blue Ridge Mountains, hiking, and a good charcuterie board. 

Logan Chandler

Logan Chandler

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.

Sharon Alias

Sharon Alias

Site Director

Sharon is from Georgia where she graduated with a degree in Community Health and Human Services and a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She now lives in Anderson, SC with her husband. Sharon has six years of experience in the nonprofit and education world. Her passion is to serve the underserved and she is excited to pursue that through YouthBASE.

Rosa Lee

Rosa Lee

Teacher

Rosa started working with YouthBASE as a volunteer in 2019 and joined the staff in 2020.  She holds a B.S. in Biology from Shenandoah University and prior to joining the team at YouthBASE, worked for 10+ years in the environmental education field. She loves teaching and is always looking for ways to incorporate her science background into her work at YouthBASE. Rosa lives in Greenville with her husband and enjoys hiking, trips to the coast, crossword puzzles, and good coffee.

Syanya Valdovinos

Syanya Valdovinos

Site Director

Syanya started volunteering at YouthBASE in 2021 and was hired as Site Director in March 2022. Syanya is bilingual in English and Spanish. Originally from New York, Syanya enjoys living in Greenville. She holds a bachelor’s in Speech Pathology and has over 7 years of experience working with children in educational and therapeutic settings. She has a passion for helping children grow and prosper. During her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, painting, and going on long walks with her dog. She hopes to continue inspiring children here at YouthBASE. 

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