Caitlin Carlini Youth Wraparound Support Partner 541.214.6651l  carlini@youthmoveoregon.com PO Box 583, Eugene, OR 97440

Caitlin Carlini
Youth Wraparound Support Partner
541.214.6651l  carlini@youthmoveoregon.com
PO Box 583, Eugene, OR 97440

Caitlin grew up in the Rogue Valley with her parents and three younger siblings. She had an active, happy childhood and remains grateful to have grown up with such a supportive family.  At fourteen, Caitlin developed an eating disorder and at fifteen, started using drugs and alcohol.  She was depressed and felt misunderstood by everyone around her. In high school, she frequently found herself in trouble, was sent to treatment twice, and was even expelled for "acting out" and coming to school under the influence.

After graduating, Caitlin moved to Eugene to attend college at the University of Oregon, where she continued to use drugs and struggle with addiction. In her junior and senior years, she was forced to take time off to reenter drug and alcohol treatment. She felt hopeless but was finally able to get clean and sober in March 2015. Thanks to her sobriety and hard work, Caitlin went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon. She started working with Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (YMO) one year later.

Her work with YMO has enabled her to see the immense impact that peer support can have on "system-wary" youth. She loves that she gets to work with those who have faced or are facing similar challenges to hers. Caitlin plans to pursue a Master’s Degree and eventually run a program of her own. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, reading, Italian food, meeting new people, spending time with friends and family, and most importantly, spending time with her cat, Biggie Smalls.