Rating: 4.89 stars 56 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 3320 Brother Blvd. Bartlett TN 38133 USA
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.
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I can't say enough about Youth Villages and the work they do to help young people have quality lives. As we all know, children are our future and that investment made with each child is extremely important. Youth Villages, partnered with volunteers from the community and various businesses, provides a great level of support that wouldn't otherwise be there for these children. Youth Villages should be in every city and state in the nation. Children need this "benefit" and support.
Youth Villages is focused on our most vulnerable children, ones with behavioral and social issues that prevent them from succeeding in school and in life. This evidenced-base intervention partners with families to keep children out of foster home and in the home. It has changed lives of children across the nation and now it is changing lives in Massachusetts.
Youth Villages offers so many services to the youth in Tennessee and other states, it would be hard to mention them all. Just briefly, I want to tout the success of the Transitional Living Services (TLC) program. For any young person in the state of Tennessee, who for some reason is homeless at the age of 18 (at first designed for young people aging out of foster care) and who agree to sign up for the program and to comply with its guidelines. They receive assistance with continuing their education, budgeting, writing a resume and developing interviewing skills, setting up an apartment, etc.,, while at they are also being empowered to act on their own with guidance as needed. Each participant in the TLC has a case manager available 24-hours a day. The success stories are too numerous to mention. Along with the TLC, I would give all services provided by Youth Villages five stars!
My husband and I contribute financially to this program and we volunteer whenever possible for special events and fund-raiser. Right now, we are looking forward to buying Christmas presents for several of their young adults and to gift wrapping as many presents as we can.
I was an advocate for Youth Villages long before I became a member of the Middle Tennessee Advisory Board. I can think of no way that any of the agency's programs could be improved. The staff, foster parents, etc. are well-trained and quite professional. There is enormous support for Youth Village by community leaders, corporations and numerous volunteers. Plus their data analysis on performance measures show that the agency provides excellent care and services.
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Youth Villages in an exceptional organization- I admire the work that they do for the children and families around the country and especially in TN. I serve on the local board and am thrilled with the dedication to the cause that these people have. 5 stars!