The Ferguson Youth Initiative is mourning the loss of Ms. Gail Babcock. Ms. Babcock died on Monday, December 14 following a long battle with cancer. She served in leadership for the organization since 2010.
Gail Babcock believed in, and encouraged, the potential of young adults. A longtime resident of Ferguson, Gail was an integral part of developing FYI and served on the Board of Directors since its incorporation in 2010 to 2014. In 2014, she was selected as FYI’s first Executive Director.
As the originator and champion of the Ferguson Community Service Program, Gail developed an alternative for youth to address ordinance violations. Through collaborations with community anchors and the Ferguson Municipal Court, this program provides mentor guided service opportunities for youth, coupled with counseling and case management. It was through her commitment to area youth, that the FCSP became a model for court reform. Since its inception over 100 youth have completed the Ferguson Community Service Program, many returning to help volunteer and mentor other youth.
In June 2015, Gail was named as Ferguson’s Citizen of the Year for “generously and unselfishly volunteering her time, energy and personal resources to make Ferguson a better place to live and work.” In October 2015, the Ferguson Youth Advisory Board honored Gail by dedicating the computer room in the FYI Backbay as the Gail Babcock Training Room and Office.
“Gail was a terrific volunteer and more importantly, a friend,” said Dwayne T. James, FYI Board President. “She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of many youth in the area. It was through her efforts that so many youth we worked with have jobs now, have a better outlook on life, and know that there are adults that support them. Gail will be greatly missed but not forgotten. She has left us with a strong foundation.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.