Youth Villages’ Patrick Lawler to receive Jefferson Award, but it’s not last chapter

At 65, long-time CEO hopes he has another 8 to 10 years on the job

By , Daily Memphian Updated: September 23, 2020 4:00 AM CT | Published: September 23, 2020 4:00 AM CT

It’s probably not even possible to measure the full impact Pat Lawler has had in the 40 years he has been running Youth Villages. But the nonprofit’s growth, while insisting on tracking the effectiveness of programs, has led to a national model. 

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Don Wade

Don Wade

Don Wade has been a Memphis journalist since 1998 and he has won awards for both his sports and news/feature writing. He is originally from Kansas City and is married with three sons.


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