Cammie Bates, Community Engagement Manager Pronouns: she, her, hers
Cammie is excited to join Youth Thrive, where she hopes to influence and address policies, systems, and environments that contribute to health disparities and inequities among youth and their communities. Cammie has experience in coalition building and community development. She brought together local and statewide partners to complete community-based initiatives, and she has experience in workshop facilitation, program development, and strategic partnership expansion. Cammie most recently served as the Physical Activity and Nutrition Health Educator and Regional Coordinator at the Poe Center for Health Education. While there she directly interacted with youth, taught on a variety of health topics, and also worked on policy changes to support youth and those who serve youth.
Cammie attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her BA in Exercise and Sport Science and North Carolina State University for her Masters of Physiology as well as Certification in Family Life Education and Coaching. Cammie is passionate about serving and empowering her community. She is a member of the Big Kid Corps at Marbles Kids Museum and a Wellness Coach at the YMCA of the Triangle.
Allison Bost, Director of Programs
Allison Bost comes to Youth Thrive after over 10 years of working with nonprofits in various sectors. Most recently, Allison worked for the YMCA of the Triangle. In her director role she developed and oversaw a case management program that serves the families at the Y who receive educational support services. Allison’s skill set includes developing and managing new programs and partnerships. She has created partnerships to provide healthy eating classes and swim lessons to families at the Y, restructured the annual Christmas event, and brought new groups together to address affordable housing and the Census. Prior to the YMCA, Allison worked in mental health, community organizing, and disability services, all aimed at leveling the playing field for people to have equal opportunities to succeed. Allison loves any opportunity to bring together community partners to reach a collective goal. She is a continuous learner and wrote a white paper on the Promotora Model, from which she modeled the case management program. Allison is excited to continue learning at Youth Thrive and dig into the work of developing solutions for the problems that youth face.
Allison received a bachelor's degree in social work from NC State University and received her Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. When she isn’t working, she loves spending time with her friends, reading, singing at church, and doting on her nieces and nephew.
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