Carla Yarborough, Board President

Carla Yarborough joined the Rock Paper Scissors movement since its inception.  She believes in RPS’s cause and has been an active instrument to the lives that have been changed.  Carla has unleashed her pain of her yester-years and turned it into unstoppable passion with purpose.  She comes to the foundation with over 20 years of experience in the human services field.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Science and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Community Development.  She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a Certified Workforce Development Professional.   Carla is a member of the City of Virginia Beach’s Re-entry Council. She also serves seasonally as a homeless counselor.  Through the course of her career, she has served a variety of populations such as the homeless, pre and post incarcerated individuals, impoverished single parents, troubled teens, domestic violence and sexually abused survivors.

Carla’s passion for injustices within the community supersedes her professional résumé.  Her strong desire to give back can be seen in the work that she does as a therapeutic foster parent. Carla believes that the health of the community is dependent on the health of its children.  She has often said “you will never heal a community if you do not heal its children first.”  She has parented foster children who have been raped, sexually abused, beaten, bullied, and neglected.    Her home has been a safe haven to the distress, disadvantage, and destitute and subsequently has provided a place of holistic healing.  Carla has also volunteered her time to teach literacy skills to children in domestic violence shelters, taught employment readiness skills to pre-release inmates, and facilitated work groups for homeless women.  Carla understands that hurting people hurt people but she also knows that healed people can heal people.  It is from this framework that she has emerged into a community healer.