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Youth In Need

By: David M. Foster, CFP®, CAP®

Hello, listeners, and welcome to the 6th episode of the Gateway Giving Podcast!

My guest today is Demetria Lightfoot. Demetria is the Director of Philanthropy for Youth In Need, a nonprofit child and family services agency that is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.

This is my longest interview to date because Youth In Need is a really substantial organization with a whole host of different programs designed to aid disadvantaged youth in our area. In particular, they receive about $16 million/year in federal dollars to run the Head Start program in the area, which as you’ll hear in our discussion, is a cause that is near and dear to my heart given that I have two kids who are currently in daycare plus one who has been through it, which means that I am intimately familiar with how expensive it is, and how important it is to support people who can’t afford it on their own.

To be honest, I struggled to sum up this interview the way that I usually do in these introductions, because Youth In Need does so many different things in and for the community. So, let me just put it this way, if you care about helping disadvantaged kids in the area, you’re going to get a lot out of this conversation.

As always, if you have any questions, requests, or suggestions for people or organizations for me to interview, you can email me at david@gatewaywealthstl.com. Now, without further ado, here is my interview with Demetria Lightfoot!

Demetria Lightfoot & Youth In Need are not affiliated with nor endorsed by LPL Financial, Gateway Wealth Management, or Cornerstone Wealth Management. 


Hi, I'm David Foster! I am the host of this podcast, and I am also the founder of Gateway Wealth Management, LLC. I hope you found something valuable in what you just heard/read.  If you'd like to read more about me, click here. If you'd like to read more about my firm, click here. Thank you for listening!