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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

75 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Very impressed with the approach Youth Villages uses to help children and families stay together. The metrics speak for themselves!

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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.

Grace44

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

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.