Deborah Shore is the Founder and Executive Director of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, a multi -service agency working with disconnected, homeless and runaway youth and families in the Washington area since 1974. SBY currently serves 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year. It is through Deborah’s leadership that SBY has developed its unique approach, which combines proven youth development practices with pioneering family strengthening strategies called Competency Based youth work. Her efforts have been aimed at providing a continuum of services that strengthen families, help youth develop life skills, and offer a pathway to becoming self-sufficient and contributing members of our city and world. Deborah is currently serving as the Chairman of the National Network for Youth and on the Board of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, and she has received awards including the Bender Prize for Excellence in Non-profit Management and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Network for Runaway and Youth Services.