TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Ryves Youth Center has a new program director.

Catholic Charities made the announcement Wednesday that Jim Pinkstaff will take over the role of Program Director for the center.

Pinkstaff, formerly the center’s Educational Coordinator, has 13 years of experience in working with Ryves.

“It is an honor to accept the position,” said Pinkstaff. “I am excited to have the opportunity to grow professionally and look forward to new challenges. With this new position, I will continue to serve the children and families living in the Ryves neighborhood with respect and compassion.”

“Jim’s experience working with the children and their families at Ryves Youth Center and his vision for the future of the program made him the right person to fill this incredibly important role,” Catholic Charities Agency Director John C. Etling said.

In his prior role as Educational Coordinator, Jim worked with children, parents and teachers to ensure that students excelled academically. He coordinated work study students from ISU to tutor students in reading and math. In addition, Jim oversaw the Reading Champions program designed to improve both reading proficiency and comprehension in elementary-aged students. Many children having participated in the Champions program improved their reading and comprehension skills resulting in improved grades across many subjects.

Catholic Charities Press Release

Pinkstaff will be taking over the role that had been filled by James Edwards who served for 40 years as Program Director.