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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

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.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for Mattress Firm here in Nashville and we are proud to be partnered up with this great organization. The folks at Youth Villages provide a safe and welcoming environment for the youth in middle Tennessee. My team and I have had the opportunity to spend days hanging out with the great people at each campus around Nashville. This non profit is an invaluable asset to our state. Thank you for all that you do! Not everyone can be a foster parent, But anyone can help a foster child.

2 Dan_92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Villages is an amazing organization that does incredible things to support the youth in our markets. We've had the wonderful opportunity to do some volunteer activity with them over the past couple of years and witnessed first hand the positive impact they're having on the lives of Youth at risk. We are proud to call them one of our favorite non-profit partners and look forward to a long and lasting partnership!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff of Youth Villages is committed to the mission of the organization in a way that is contagious. They inspire me to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the children they serve - our community is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated team of individuals loving on our young people!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked on multiple projects with Youth Villages over the past 5 years. As a volunteer, the Youth Villages staff is always organized and grateful for the support volunteers provide. They are set and ready whenever we arrive and makes donating our time and energy as easy as possible...maybe this is why we continue to come back!! As an organization, they always put the needs and protection of the children and families first. This is something I admire most about the organization. They go above and beyond to make children/families in unfortunate situations feel protected, heard and supported.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Youth Villages for a number of years, and the staff and the experience is truly amazing.

I have worked with many of the group homes in Nashville. Their staff goes above and beyond to help these teens in difficult circumstances.

1 Sheilla F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this group for several years. The program is exceptional and the work they do is fabulous. The results speak for themselves, 95% of the youth go on to lead productive lives after the program. We have worked with them on developing networks for their LifeSet group and have seen phenomenal results.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Villages does what is meant to do! Taking care ofthe children in our communities. By far this is the best Non-Profit you could be involved with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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