Nick Pappas Ready for New Role at Youth Town: Executive Director Search Begins

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After more than two decades leading Youth Town in serving thousands of young men and their families, Executive Director Nick Pappas has announced plans step down as director and serve as a regional ambassador for the West Tennessee nonprofit. A board committee is conducting the search for Pappas’ successor.

Nick Pappas of Youth Town

Nick’s leadership has been instrumental since he began with Youth Town in November 1992. He began when Youth Town had a $275,000 annual budget. Today it is $3.36 million, and Youth Town is debt free.

After more than two decades leading Youth Town in serving thousands of young men and their families, Executive Director Nick Pappas has announced plans to take on a new role. Pappas said as soon as a new executive director is hired, he plans to serve as a regional ambassador for the West Tennessee nonprofit. Through that role, he will remain an integral part of the team for the residential treatment center that also offers wilderness and therapeutic outdoor services.

The Youth Town Board has expressed gratitude that Pappas will continue in an active role, as members conduct the search for the next executive director. According to Youth Town Board President Mark Taylor, “Nick’s leadership has been instrumental since he began with Youth Town in November 1992. He began when Youth Town had a $275,000 annual budget. Today it is $3.36 million, and Youth Town is debt free. The dollars are only a reflection of the real work that is being done, though. Under Nick’s leadership, thousands of young men and their families have come to know Jesus Christ as Lord through their involvement at Youth Town.”

Since Pappas became executive director, Youth Town has added two dorms, an administration building, a cafeteria and an accredited school, in addition to remodeling Hope and Rotary Cottages. Pappas said, “I can remember coming to Youth Town in 1992 with a picture in my heart and a command from God to honor Him. During the past 21 years, we have changed programming to adapt to the needs before us. Recently, we’ve been blessed to purchase a property that will allow us to begin a treatment center for teenage girls. Faith and patience for reaping rewards are key in all of this work.”

Several other accomplishments have highlighted Pappas’ term as leader. Youth Town became accredited in 1996. In 2000, the George Thomas, Jr. Academy began; it is a fully licensed by the U.S. Department of Education. A fully accredited adventure (ropes) course was begun 13 years ago, also. In 2001, the Youth Challenge Program was established, which served 800 at-risk juvenile offenders. Its success rate of 84% saved the state millions of dollars. In 2011, an outpatient counseling program began, and plans are underway to begin an alcohol and drug treatment program for young women.

A board committee is conducting the search for Pappas’ successor. A job description is online at bramblettgrp.com/youthtownsearch. To be considered by the committee, applicants may email resumes to youthtownsearch(at)bramblettgrp(dot)com or mail them to Youth Town Search, c/o Bramblett Group, 106 West Main St., Suite C, Henderson, TN 38340.

Youth Town is accredited to provide residential treatment services, services for substance use conditions and wilderness and therapeutic outdoor services for young men. For more information, visit http://www.youthtown.net.

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