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Nonprofit Overview

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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Youth Villages is a great organization with a strong track record of helping kids overcome. I'm proud to be a part of the organization

Board Member

Rating: 5

Youth Villages is a national nonprofit that helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families. My spouse previously worked for Youth Villages, and I currently serve on their Georgia fundraising board.

While I could on forever about why I think Youth Villages is a fantastic nonprofit, I believe that what sets them apart is a data driven approach that has been tremendously successful in helping kids who need it the most.

Specifically, I’ve been honored to watch their accomplished and passionate staff work to improve the lives of children and their families through in-home family counseling, in-patient treatment for children, adoption, foster care, and transition services for kids aging out of foster care. There is a tremendous need for all of these services, and Youth Villages is a leader in its field in providing them.

In short, Youth Villages is an amazing organization doing incredible work, and I highly encourage others to consider supporting their mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Youth Villages goes above and beyond. I am always amazed each time I attend a meeting at the work that is being done. Truly honored to be involved with such a great organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Youth Villages is doing incredible work for youth - their staff is selfless and looks to the best interests of every child that comes through their care. One way the organization does this is they coordinate a "Backpack heroes" project every year at the start of the school year where volunteers can put together backpacks so the students have what they need at school. This is just one of the MANY ways that Youth Villages supports their youth.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor through Youth Villages for children in state custody and really admire the work that this organization does. They serve the neediest of our children and help prepare them and their families for life. I admire the staff and the hard, loving work that they do to support YV's mission and get results for the kids!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

1 Kellye S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was looking to get involved with a charity when I stumbled upon Youth Villages. I could not be more impressed with the staff. They show a true commitment to serving the needs of at risk youth in our communities. Their programs are measurable and get results. I was so impressed with the staff that I now serve on the community advisory board. Highly recommend!
Kellye Stuart

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with numerous charitable organizations over the years but found my true favorite when I discovered Youth Villages. The Transitional Living Program stands out to me as a beacon of what can be achieved when we all work together to help at risk youth achieve their potential. There is no reason for any child to be discarded and left to fend for themselves just because they turn 18. The TL Program helps these at risk teens find a path to a productive and successful future which benefits society in general. I cannot say enough good things about the leadership and genuine caring attitude I a see among the staff at Youth Villages. In my experience, this organization stands above the rest. Sucess can be measured and it is seen in the life changing statistics achieved by the TL Program.
Kellye Stuart
Volunteer, Community Advisory Board to Youth Villages, Middle Tennessee

1 Renee55

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.