After over 20 years as President and CEO of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Carol Rivchun will retire from the organization in April. Craig Dorn, who currently serves as Y.O.U.’s senior vice president, will succeed her.
Under Carol’s leadership, Y.O.U.’s visibility grew, the staff nearly doubled, school-based initiatives have spread to more classrooms and counties than ever before, services and program offerings expanded to include young adults 18–24, and the Y.O.U. budget increased from $2.5 million to $15 million.
Carol’s signature achievements at Y.O.U. include mergers with two nonprofits: Jobs for Ohio’s graduates, a drop-out prevention program with an emphasis on career development and leadership skills, and E CITY, an award-winning curriculum that teaches young people entrepreneurship skills.
“Carol is a tireless warrior and respected leader for Cleveland’s nonprofit community,” says Deborah Vesy, President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation. “I will always admire and have a tremendous amount respect for her relentless and passionate pursuit to make a difference. She is a champion for our community’s youth and a visionary in developing programs to ensure that even the most disadvantaged succeed.”
Craig Dorn has been with Y.O.U. for 28 years, starting as a frontline career coach at James Ford Rhodes High School. He is the architect of initiatives that have provided education and career opportunities to economically distressed youth such as Day One, an intensive job-readiness training program. Under Dorn’s stewardship, Y.O.U.’s summer jobs program has become one of the largest in the country, serving more than 3,800 teens and young adults each year.
“Craig and Carol developed a close partnership that was extremely vital to the organization,” said Jason Therrien, incoming Y.O.U. board chair. “After much study of our succession options, the board concluded that there was one clear choice. I am tremendously excited to watch Y.O.U.’s trajectory expand with Craig at the helm.”