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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Foster Care, Human Services

Mission: The mission of Utah Youth Village is to heal and elevate lives through proven family solutions.

Results: Utah Youth Village is accredited as an evidence-based, trauma-informed service for struggling children and families. The majority of children in foster care leave Utah Youth Village for long-term foster care, adoption or family reunification. Over 90% of the teenage girls at Alpine Academy graduate from the school and the program and return to their families or begin college. 83% of the families served with Families First report successful completion of the program.

Target demographics: troubled children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 80 children and youth in residential treatment; 406 families through Families First; 120 teenage girls at Alpine Academy and thousands of parents through the Smarter Parenting website.

Geographic areas served: Utah

Programs: Residential treatment homes - Utah Youth Village operates eleven residential treatment homes for youth ages 6-18. The youth live with a professionally trained married couple. Using the Teaching-Family Model, the youth learn academic, behavioral and job skills needed to be successful at home, school and in the community. In addition to the Teaching-Family Model, the youth receive group, individual and family therapy as needed. This program provides treatment to over 100 youth and 300 related family members annually. Therapeutic Family Homes - Utah Youth Village provides the recruiting, training, consultation, evaluation, and child-placing services to foster parents who provide treatment to youth in their private homes. These homes are for youth from infant to 18 years old who require extensive structure and specialized care outside of hospitals and residential treatment homes. They are taught skills using the Teaching-Family Model and learn academic, behavioral and job skills needed to be successful at home, school and in the community. The youth also receive group, individual and family therapy as needed. The program serves over 100 youth annually and their related family members. Families First - this program is a unique intensive in-home intervention designed to teach parents skills to change the behaviors of their troubled children. In most cases, one or more children are in imminent danger of being removed from the home and placed in foster care, detention or psychiatric hospitalization. A trained specialist goes into the house and works with the family 8-10 hours a week for up to six weeks. They use positive reinforcement, modeling, role-playing, and other methods that are designed to teach lasting, concrete parenting and communication skills. This program serves over 480 families annually. Alpine Academy - Alpine Academy is Utah Youth Village's therapeutic boarding school for troubled teenage girls from across the nation. Located in rural northern Utah, the beautiful 32-acre campus offers the proven techniques of the Teaching-Family Model while providing an award-winning education. Over 120 girls are served annually. Smarter Parenting - Smarter Parenting is Utah Youth Village's online resource for parents with a difficult child. It offers the Teaching-Family Model in easily understandable videos and downloads to help parents in their own home with their own children.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Utah Youth Village does an extraordinary job of helping young people with challenges to understand how to navigate a complicated world. I've seen them achieve nearly miraculous outcomes with kids destined for a bleak future who started earning top grades in school and developing emotional maturity that allows them to succeed in life. Eric Bjorklund and his staff are absolutely top notch.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family(kids ages 11,14,16) was asked to have dinner at one of the foster homes so that the children living there could practice social skills. This was an all girls home. When we arrived the girls all introduced themselves and shook our hands. They were each assigned different jobs like greeting, giving us a tour of the house, etc. Then we had dinner and visited and our youngest played in the yard with a few of the other girls. It was a great experience for our family to be able to see first hand what the Utah Youth Village does and how successful it is at it! We really enjoyed ourselves and the girls seemed to enjoy themselves as well. We would definitely do it again!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Utah Youth Village for over 5 years. I have seen the employees do life changing work with families and children. The model that is used has not only the stories but also the data to support it's effectiveness.
I have personally seen lives transformed and families happier because of the great work done by this amazing organization. The things I have learned and seen while associated with the Utah Youth Village have also transformed my own life.
Wonderful people doing a miraculous work, for those who need it the most! No more important work in life than to help children and families learn skills to stay together and increase their own happiness and love for one another.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Utah Youth Village as a Foster/Treatment parent for 11 years now. I've had the privilege of teaching, loving, and learning with over 40 youth over the years. It's amazing watching these kids grow as they learn skills to help them be successful adults. It's such a great feeling to know I am helping children that come from various situations, improve their lives and move forward in positive directions.
I feel blessed to work with an awesome organization to make such a difference in children's lives. Each child is precious to me, each takes a piece of my heart with them when they move on.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Utah Youth Village is an incredible organization. They have so many different opportunities to donate and you know that all the profits raised go towards helping at risk families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with community partners all the time and Utah Youth Village is one of the best by far. Their Family First program is an excellent resource to families who need basic skills and help with communication patterns. They run an intensive program that molds tobeac family's needs. We couldn't do our job without them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have experience with many different programs within Utah Youth Village. I've found them to be genuine and really put children and families needs first. Their use of the Teaching Family Model and evidence-based practices provides an excellent resource to children and families. This organization really does make a difference!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Utah Youth Village applies a behavioral intervention model that changes lives every day. It is amazing to see the progress made by children and families involved with their programs!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ann and I have been involved in evaluating and supporting dozens of Utah based non profits the past 30 years. While many are amazing and vital contributors to our community, there is no other entity that so radically changes the trajectory of individual lives than the Utah Youth Village. Hundreds of youth each year who have experienced unthinkable abuse and challenges are provided with specific skills required to rebuild their lives. The Village gives the gift of hope to the hopeless. We love seeing the good they do year after year!

Gary and Ann Crocker