Youth Villages

Rating: 4.89 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 3320 Brother Blvd. Bartlett TN 38133 USA

Mission: Youth Villages is a leading national nonprofit providing effective local solutions to help America’s most emotionally and behaviorally troubled youth and their families live successfully.
Results: Youth Villages' continuum of care deploys over 18 evidence-based protocols to ensure high-quality programming for young people. The organization's flagship intensive in-home model, called Intercept, works with troubled youth, both in and out of state custody, and their families to build healthy relationships, support and structure. Compared with traditional out-of-home services alone, Intercept costs one-third as much and consistently generates a long-term success rate twice the national average (80 percent vs. 40 percent). Two years after completing Youth Villages' programs: •83 percent of participants served were at home (not in the system). •82 percent have had no trouble with the law. •83 percent are either still in school, have graduated, or are earning their GED
Programs: It serves youth ages 6–22, many of whom have cycled in and out of foster care and/or are involved in the juvenile justice system with a continuum of evidence-based in-home and residential programs. These services are grounded in a proprietary approach called Evidentiary Family Restoration™, which has been shown to produce lasting results for young people with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third of its cost. Youth Villages sets young people on a path to healthy adulthood by boosting their academic achievement, helping them avoid criminal activity, and assisting them in securing employment.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Villages changes the lives of children. They take resources and use them to their best return on investment. The staff is committed to their programs and to the families they serve. As a volunteer, I am honored to be a part of an organization with a heart such as this one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with Youth Villages for over two years, I've seen how it changes young men's life and helps re-establish families. I've enjoyed working there and we get excellent support from the staff who go the extra mile. It is truly a group of caring individuals with the best in mind for these youth.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with three cottages of girls for over a year and have enjoyed it so much.
Staff not only teaches them discipline , manners, show them respect and teach them to respect others but they are taught God's word . These children not only need love but need to know God and how He wants them to live when they get back out in the world. I have seen many changes in these girls that I have worked with for a long time and they are good changes. Thank God for a place like Youth Villages

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work with Youth Villages specifically with their Holiday Heroes and Backpack programs. I specifically admire how they meet the needs of so many children of all ages. They don't stop when the young person reaches the age of 18. Youth Villages successfully helps young people further their education which allows these young people to go and lead successful and independent lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great organization! I specifically love their Transitional Living Program. They have had tremendous success helping young adults prepare for the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Who doesn't LOVE to help others? Who else wonders what portion of what I give, actually GOES to the children? That is how I found Youth Villages. I was actually able to shop and provide a Christmas for a child who would not have had a Christmas, were it not for our contributions. The following year, we were able to provide Christmas for the entire family! I am not sure who the winner is. We felt so honored to be able to provide for everyone! During the year, a need will arise for some of the children, and we can help provide for that specific need. I absolutely LOVE Youth Villages and I feel honored to be a part of all that they do.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm a Spiritual Life volunteer, and donor, for the Brooks cottage at the Dogwood Campus. Miss Della and Miss Hilda have been a godsend and very supportive of my efforts with the boys. It's great and praiseworthy that a secular organization like YV allows me and others to share the gospel, the Word of God, with our young brothers and sisters. The staff at Brooks have also been supportive of my efforts to spiritually feed and nurture my boys.

It's also cool that YV loves on and takes in kids who have no place to go, have gotten into trouble and/or have had a rough going in their life. Their contribution to society is sorely needed and probably not given enough recognition and praise. It's a difficult service to provide but YV does it and will continue to do it.

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