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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.


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.

6 Jamie75

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.

Jeffery J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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