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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

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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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Tammy Morrison
615-405-8329