Youth Development Spotlight: Wes Cook

If you’ve been following Family Service for a few years now, you might already know Wes. He worked in the Teen Outreach Program® with us when he was an undergraduate working towards a degree in Sociology.

The opportunity to be a mental health case manager in Washington, DC came up, and he had to take it.

To the great joy of everyone here, Wes returned to Roanoke recently and is now working as a Community Counselor and Youth Development Specialist.

As a case manager, Wes worked with “youth in transition.” That audience is 18 to 22 year olds who needed help adjusting to adult life. Though the work was rewarding, Wes found himself missing the prevention work he did with kids through Family Service.

Now Wes spends his days providing intensive in-home, day treatment, and positive youth development services. He enjoys finding creative ways to teach kids the tools they need to prevent a crisis if possible or react when life throws a curveball.

“I enjoy seeing all of my clients make positive changes at their own time,” he says.

In his free time, Wes (who, btw, describes himself as “basically a golden retriever” – focused, loyal, and kind) loves binging on some Friends episodes with his girlfriend and cat.