In the Employee Spotlight we aim to recognize a Youth Service, Inc. employee making an impact in the communities we serve. Jamie Clark works in the Family Empowerment Services (FES) program at Youth Service, Inc.’s Crittenton Family Support Center.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

In my teen years, I was volunteering at community centers and in different types of arts and humanity work. Here I discovered my passion to help people overcome their challenges and was inspired myself to learn more about social justice. I discovered social work and knew that this was my future career. I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. I have worked in settings supporting youth in school and partial therapeutic programs in Philadelphia. Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at Temple University.

Q: How long have you been working at YSI in the FES program?

I began working for Youth Service, Inc. in the FES program in fall 2016.

Q: Why do you think the FES program is important?

Family Empowerment Service (FES) is important because this service offers a community based approach to supporting and strengthening the family unit.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at YSI in the FES program?

I enjoy the different advocacy opportunities to learn more about how support our clients’ challenges. I enjoy my FES and Crittenton team the most at YSI! There is not a day that will pass, where I am chatting up someone about different resources in our city and learning more about social work.

FES provides time-limited social services to help families enhance their abilities to meet the basic well-being and needs of their children. The goal of FES is to promote family stability and well-being,enhance protective factors, reduce risk factors for families and children, increase community support networks and linkages for families and children and increase a family’s abilities to address their own needs. To learn more, please contact Erica Makowski at or  215-848-6200.