Founder and CEO of It Takes a Village Peoria
Dr. Bernice Gordon-Young is a licensed psychotherapist, entrepreneur, not-for-profit founder, and social change agent. She is employed at the Peoria County Jail, where she counsels detainees and assist with crisis management. She is the owner of Smart Recovery Intervention Counseling Center, where she provide counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. To support the surge in mental health challenges associated with pandemic fatigue and race-based trauma, she also counsels men, women, and children around the globe through telehealth. Dr. Gordon-Young is the Founder and President of It Takes a Village of Peoria, Inc. a not-for-profit organization founded in 2016 and is aimed at assisting children and their families with basic needs at no cost. She serves on numerous Boards, including the Illinois Opioid Remediation Advisory Board, Health and Human Services Committee of the Racial Justice Commission for the City of Peoria, Central Illinois Friends, the Women’s Fund, Central Illinois Lupus Support Group, and Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She has received numerous awards for her efforts, including WEEK 25 Women in Leadership, Peoria Public Schools Community Contribution Award, and most recently, Dr. Gordon-Young was elected to serve on the Peoria City Council.