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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Chris174

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization! I specifically love their Transitional Living Program. They have had tremendous success helping young adults prepare for the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We work with Youth Villages as part of our coprorate outreach program and they have always been very positve and helpful to the community.

Bidbuybid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Michelle277

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth villaged have a Great staff and helpful training class. I look forward to going out and visiting the campus.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our music ministry has the privilege to visit every month, and very simply put....we are the ones that get blessed. Thanks YV!