Youth Villages does an excellent job communicating the mission, being fiscally responsible, and utilizing their volunteers. Their board is engaged and mission-focused, and the leadership has clear priorities. Their work with kids and families is actually measured and proven to be more effective.
Youth Villages and the YV team, volunteers, and community are so so dedicated to the mission they're on. It is inspiring to see how organized, gratitude-filled, and impactful the organization is on the communities they support.
I have been especially impressed with how relationship driven they are with their corporate partners.
Youth Villages is a wonderful organization with dedicated staff and volunteers doing tremendous work in the community for children and families in need. I am proud to be associated with YV as a TN Board Member!
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!
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
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.
My son had made some poor life choices in his early teens. He chose the wrong friends, chose the wrong extracurricular activities, and had become hopelessly lost in drug abuse. He was sent to the Youth Villages facility in 2014. I personally had little hope, but was greatly encouraged after speaking with those who worked there...those same people gave, also, of their free time volunteering as mentors for these children. I recall a conversation with one of these "saints in skin". He told me that the percentage of failure seemed, from his experience, to depend greatly on parent participation. He was very encouraging, sharing that even the small percent that made it was well worth his time and effort. The percentage he gave me was somewhat sad, but, too, was the percentage of these kids whose parents had also, in MY opinion, had completely given up and just left these kids "alone". I made that effort this man had talked about, even though it was many many miles from home...and in time, surprisingly, I started seeing improvements in my son. He got clean, and realizing there were others who truly seemed to care about him, he started caring, as well. He is a healthy young adult now. He's learned the hard way what not to do, and thanks to the "tools" this program gave, not only him, but me, as well, he has accomplished things I couldn't even fathom when he was first enrolled in this program!
I have been an employee for Youth Villages Intercept program for nearly 3 years. Youth Villages is a professionally ran agency with clear and reasonable standards for it's employees. The Intercept program is an intensive in-home program that requires commitment on the part of employees and offers amazing growth and progress for it's clients. Upon discharge from the program, it is easy to see the strides that families have made with the help of their Family Intervention Specialists and Clinical Care Liaisons.
Leadership is always available to staff for assistance or to listen when needed. Leadership goes above and beyond to help solve issues faced by staff as well as client families.
Salaries for non-profit agencies is never as much as we would like it to be but we go into this field aware of that fact. Youth Villages offers it's staff competitive salaries as well as mileage reimbursement and opportunities for team builders, annual conference attendance and stresses self-care for it's employees. I have also experienced great support in obtaining my master's degree while in employ with Youth Villages even as far as being allowed to do my practicum with our Regional Supervisor.
I am happy to work for Youth Villages Intercept program in Indiana.
I started with Youth Villages over 16 years ago! When I started I had recently received my bachelors degree and I was trying to find my own professional niche. A friend worked for Youth Villages and recruited me over by saying that Youth Villages is "supportive of staff and you actually make a difference through clinical work". I was so proud when I was hired and I haven't looked back since! Youth Villages has provided me with educational opportunities, leadership prospects, and growth goals. You can work anywhere to work with youth but I prefer to work with an evidence based organization impacting youth by doing what we say we're going to do.
Lyndsay and Greg with Youth Villages are absolutely amazing. They have the biggest hearts and work so hard to help the children and families in the Youth Villages program to better their quality of life. I have worked with both of them on multiple events including a recycled rides giveaway, multiple charity golf tournaments, and a couple of career fairs. Every time we have worked together it has been fantastic. Thank you Lyndsay and Greg!
2 years ago I was a troubled teen. Struggling with school, my life at home, depression, and alcohol. When I first arrived to YV Inner Harbour, I was crying because I did not want to be there. I thought I was ok and that it was everyone around me that needed help. However, after a couple of weeks in treatment, I started opening up and becoming aware of the problems I had. The program I went through really helped me and changed my life drastically. I now am doing well in school, my life at home is fine, I now have my depression under control, and I no longer use alcohol. Throughout my life I had been to several treatment centers. Youth Villages is what saved me.
Very impressed with the approach Youth Villages uses to help children and families stay together. The metrics speak for themselves!
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.
I can't express how wonderful this place was to my daughter. Our daughter had been to many places prior to Youth Villages in Bartlett, and this place is by far the BEST! They do such a good job making each child feel at home. We just got back home in AR with my daughter, who was there for a little over 3 months. I've unpacked countless gifts; from stuffed animals, to tennis shoes, lotions, decorative pillows, shampoos and soaps, shirts, candies, steel water bottles, etc...
On the way home, I heard many stories of peer trips skating, to the movies, new friends, meeting Miss TN (who did the girls make-up) park trips, pizza nights, picnics, movie days/nights, mentor trips to dinners and shopping, etc... From the counselors, staff, nurses, teachers, and the head director, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for taking such wonderful care of my daughter, and making a huge difference in her life. We still have a long road to go, and a lot of work left to do, but Youth Villages made sure my daughter had the recommended therapies set in place, back in our home town, to continue with her progress.
I also want to thank Youth Villages for providing our family a nice hotel to stay in while we'd visit.
There was only one staff that I'd complain about and warn other parents of teen daughters about; Mrs. Dockery. She was mean and hateful to the girls, calling them names, and cursing at them. However, when around parents, she acts very sweet and kind. I surprised her one evening as I walked into the school, and I caught her screaming and cursing at the teen girls. As soon as she saw me, she changed her attitude real quick, but it was too late, I had already heard how terrible she verbally abused the girls.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Volunteer, Community Advisory Board to Youth Villages, Middle Tennessee
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.
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.
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.
Oregon- first thing I notice is that its filthy. Then I find out even though my son is licked up 24/7 he only receives 1 - hour of therapy a week. I went every week for family therapy which dies not exist. Most unprofessional therapists I've ever met. No communication,they don't listen to the parent or child they do as they please on a power trip. Do not place your children here.
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.
I used to think I understood what made Youth Villages great. My family has long been involved with their cause, helping to raise money through an annual 5K run. Through Youth Villages, my mother mentored a girl whose family had abandoned her.
But it wasn't until I worked with Youth Villages recently, as an adult, that I understood the scope of what they do. There are a lot of nonprofits who help children. Even some that help with the kinds of issues that troubled children face. But no group I've ever worked with changes lives the WAY that Youth Villages does.
By choosing to serve "the kids that no one else will take on", CEO Pat Lawler immediately distinguished himself and his organization as one that that believes, wholeheartedly, that no child is a lost cause. But to then go even further and rigorously test the outcomes of their kids even 2 years after helping them is astounding. This pioneering commitment to data-driven research in this field is evident in every single employee I encountered at Youth Villages. They truly believe in the idea that "whatever it takes... is the only thing that really works." You see it in the way their caseworkers truly care about these children and their families. You see it in the countless hours they work. You see it in the faces of kids who have never had someone in their life that cares about them as much as Youth Villages' people do.
Working with Youth Villages as an advisor taught me so much about them, but it also taught me even more about myself. It's easy to be cynical. It's much harder to believe in the potential of a kid who has been through more trauma and abuse than most adults could ever imagine. But Youth Villages does. And when you see their work in action - when you visit the homes of families in turmoil and see up close what their methods can accomplish - you come away changed. For the better.
I've always been happy with my career. But I've never been as proud of my job as I was when Youth Villages was my client. I will forever be an ardent supporter of this organization, its people and most importantly - the kids and families they help everyday.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Fantastic organization that recognizes the importance of research to determine which interventions are most effective. They are committed to making sure every child that comes into their program reaches his or her greatest potential. I am so glad I have the pleasure to work with such an ethical and outcomes driven organization!!!
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.
We help out with donations here at our organization and appreciate all the hard work Youth Villages does for families and children. There are so many families and children suffering through many different types of hardships in TN and when you look at the numbers from state to state; it’s extremely saddening. Youth Villages has a great program that helps out and reaches out to families and children in need. What better program to champion HELP then Youth Villages.
Thank you for making a difference in someone’s life.
We work with Youth Villages as part of our coprorate outreach program and they have always been very positve and helpful to the community.
Love the effort Youth Villages makes in reaching out to the community to get support/help for kids that really need it. Keep up the good work!!
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.
I have been working with Villages for many years now. Their professionalism and hands on way of creating a safe environment for the children of our future is mind blowing. Greg Schott is by far one of the most committed men I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He humbles me. I work with non profits all over the world and Youth Villages here in Nashville, TN is my absolute favorite. Thank you Youth Villages for all that you do to ensure that the community knows that you are there for them.
Youth Villages is a fantastic organization. The staff and volunteers are making a significant, positive difference in the lives of the families they serve, and their work is so important. My company became involved with Youth Villages through their (awesome) Backpack Heroes program to provide school supplies for local children who couldn't otherwise afford them. The program really struck a chord with our employees, and we had one of the best responses ever to a community service project, and we have regularly participated in that program and their (also awesome) Holiday Heroes program ever since. We love knowing that, through Youth Villages, we're helping local families.
Youth villaged have a Great staff and helpful training class. I look forward to going out and visiting the campus.
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.
I came to youth villages in search of a place I could believe in and help make a difference. This organization is amazing support to children and their families. They strive to promote families staying together and when that is not possible continue to support the child and family even when seperated. Oftenn children age out of programs not prepared for adulthood but youth villages has a transitional living program. This program has a high success rate for these children becoming productive members of society! They really do give hope to our communities and change lives one child at a time.
Love working with girls in Chapel. Hilda is great to work with and has become a good friend and spiritual mentor to me. All the staff are friendly and professional too. Volunteering at Youth Villages has been a blessing.
Youth Villages makes it possible for us to provide a bit of Christmas to local children who have had too much unpleasantness in their lives. I especially appreciate having the opportunity to help financially or with needed items as pressing cases occur. Great, friendly, professional team doing making lives better for children and young adults!
Contacted Greg about being able to volunteer and he quickly responded that they only filled needs when necessary and so he would email when something came up. So I get the occasional email from him when the need arises and it isn't asking for money but practical solutions to the need involved, which I really appreciate. Glad to be able to help this organization when I can.
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.
I have had the priviledge of assisting our office manager in sponsoring a visit from this group each year. You can tell it is a wonderful program by the behaviors and responses of the kids. This program is making a difference in a meaningful way!
Rock on Youth Villages!!! ROCK ON!
Jeff Jensen/Dir. of HR at Hunt Brothers Pizza
This nonprofit organization is outstanding. Helping our youths in this era is very important, helpful and needful at this present time. Their experience and knowledge is well needed and wanted as they seek out and get more information on how to help our youths to become useful and advance in their community so they can become productive citizens. These youths are getting the best help mentally,emotionally and spiritually in the surrounding area. Great job!
This charity is outstanding in the efforts and difference they make in the lives of youth's in our communities. They are brilliant champions for these children and make use of every resource and avenue to integrate them as contributing members to society. In many cases these children haven't had much in the way of role models or life experiences to build on. Youth Villages offers this without any strings or pre-judgments attached.
Our music ministry has the privilege to visit every month, and very simply put....we are the ones that get blessed. Thanks YV!
I have a heart for older children, who are often overlooked when they transition out of foster care. I enjoy supporting the Transitional Living program for these young adults. Youth Villages not only helps meet their living needs, but also instructs in basic skills like budgeting and how to apply for a job - skills that most of us take for granted. Excellent caring staff that work with these people.
One of the areas where this charity truly exceeds is by having the agility to provide immediate assistance to families with urgent needs. The "hand up" is also very individualized on a case by case basis; what is needed for one family or child may not be right for another.
Youth Villages also has a wonderful annual back-to-school program that provides back packs and school supplies to children that would not otherwise have them; giving them a step in the right direction towards success in school.
Several people in my department here at work volunteer at Youth Villages and speak of all the good things they do to positively impact the lives of those so much less fortunate than a lot of us. So I got on their email request list and when they are in need of items to help our city's youth, I do what I can to help via donation of items like clothing, housewares, etc. Its the least I can do!!
Youth Villages truly changes the lives of children. My husband and I have been volunteering at Youth Villages for almost 6 years. What an incredible organization! We both run with YV runners club once or twice a week. My friend and I have been birthday Heroes at one of the girls cottages for almost two years. In both situations we have watch the children start out withdrawn,sad or angry. These children come from very tough situations. Over time, they become more confident, start to smile or look you in the eyes. These amazing transformations happen because of the dedicated staff, therapists, mentors, volunteers, organized programs- I could go on and on. The thought and effort put into healing the broken spirits of these children is truly amazing! We feel blessed and honored to be able to volunteer at Youth Villages.
Volunteers have the opportunity to connect with individual staff members, who present a wide range of volunteering opportunities. From helping families with specific, emergency needs to annual programs like stuffing back-to-school backpacks for children needing school supplies, Youth Villages helps volunteers connect to children and their families in meaningful ways.
Our company has participated in a number of various activities with Youth Villages and the impact that they have on their clients and the community in general is incredible. We are honored to partner with this organization in truly making a difference in our community.
I am a supporter of this great organization and have seen firsthand how effective their services are to children and their families. Their holistic approach to address all factors of a child's life truly separates them from similar nonprofits.
Youth Villages goes above and beyond in their care and concern for the youths in their program. They are professional, yet approachable, so any oppportunity to lend my time and/or monies to Youth Villages, I do without giving it a second thought.
About 15 years ago we changed the beneficiary of our fund raiser to Youth Villages after researching the percentages of money raised that went into their programs and the results they achieved. Both were found to be high and have continued to rise. The last six years I have volunteered twice a week at one of the residential campuses and have seen first hand the quality of services they provide the children in their care. Youth Villages is a model for what children's services should be.
This organization does so much to help the youth of Nashville. They help children grow into productive members of society even though they might be struggling at home and at school or even have out-aged the foster care system.
I have been involved with Youth Villages' Holiday Heroes program for the last 15 years. They excel in providing the community's underprivledged children a chance to have a nice holiday.
Very kind and helpful staff. Working for the best outcome for children and their families. I am familiar with their work first aa a mental health professional and now as a supporter and volunteer. They are outstanding in every way.
The Youth Villages location in Nashville TN works hard to meet the needs of their clients and by doing so gives community members like myself the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults by contributing. I love their Holiday Heros program and have been an active participant for over five years.
Youth Villages is an amazing organization, where the sole purpose is helping families. I am honored to have the privillage of working with them.
Youth Villages truly changes children and their families lives in a positive way! Youth Villages has spent 25 years pioneering an approach that is measurably better for children and their families and provides a remarkably better return on investment for those who fund these services (both public and private). It's not just about actions, it's about results - long term results. Whether it's through their residential, adoption, foster, intensive in-home treatment, transitional living or specialized crisis services they are just the right answer at just the right time to positively impact lives. Nothing is more important than our youth for they are our future! Won't you consider supporting Youth Villages today and helping them be the difference?