Since 1995, YouthLight Inc. has been developing and providing useful educational materials to help counselors, other educators, mental health professionals, and parents maximize their effectiveness with youth. Its co-founders are Robert P. Bowman and Susan C. Bowman.
ABOUT OUR CO-FOUNDERS
Dr. Robert (Bob) BowmanDr. Bowman is widely recognized for his distinctive contributions to the fields of mental health and education with an emphasis on developmental school counseling. He is especially known as a prolific creator of creative and insightful approaches and programs for helping young people. Today, Dr. Bowman continues his work as a collector of effective practices that work with youth when "all else fails."
Dr. Bowman has conducted professional seminars, conference keynotes and/or motivational presentations in 42 of the United States and in Canada, Belgium, England, Italy, West Germany, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, St. Marten, St. Thomas, and Malaysia.
He started his career as a school teacher and school counselor. Since that time, he taught in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of South Carolina for more than 20 years and is currently an Emeritus Professor. He has authored numerous articles in professional journals and has written more than 24 books and programs that help troubled youth bring about positive changes in themselves and their peers.
Susan C. Bowman, Ed.S., LPCSusan has worked as a social worker, and school counselor at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has also worked as a counselor for incarcerated youth and started a non-profit, faith-based organization (Youth Hope Foundation) to help these young people. In 2005, the GED Testing Service awarded Susan with its highest honor, the Cornelius P. Turner Award, presented annually to a GED graduate who has made outstanding contributions to society in education or public, or social service. The award is named for Cornelius P. Turner, the founder of the GED Testing Program.
Susan has written 13 books and has led professional seminars throughout the U.S. and abroad on topics such as mentoring, challenging adolescents and self-mutilation. Susan's remarkable life-story has been an encouragement to young people and professionals. She ran away from home at age 14. By age 19, she was divorced, on welfare and the mother of three children. Yet, with only a seventh grade education, a mentor encouraged her to pursue her education and she eventually earned a GED, then a BA degree, and finally an Ed.S. degree in counseling. Her experience as a runaway and teen mom has helped her to reach some of the most distraught youth in juvenile detention facilities.
Together Bob and Susan discovered that many counselors and educators across the nation needed help in dealing with defiant and difficult youth. They created an organization that could help provide professional training resources in many areas. They always strive to address the current issues facing educators and provide a preventive, strengths-based approach to helping students become the facilitator of change.