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Mission and Values

All Youth Villages' employees are committed to the mission and values that guide our organization. Adherence to these simple, specific principles ensures that we offer the very best, most effective help to every child in our care and provides the foundation for our organization's dynamic growth.

Our Mission
Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully.

Our Values

  • Kids' needs come first...Always
    We make every decision in the best interest of each child. We adapt our programs to accommodate the special needs of children and families. Often we make personal sacrifices in order to help children and families achieve their potential.

  • Children are raised best by their families.
    When at all possible, children belong with their families. We help families provide the support and structure that all children need.

  • We provide a safe place.
    We provide care and treatment for children in an open, safe environment. We ensure that young people are physically and emotionally safe.

  • We strive to achieve positive, lasting results.
    We help children and families develop skills to live successfully by focusing on areas that have a long-term impact on the family.

  • We are committed to our staff.
    We recognize the many challenges our staff face each day. We value teamwork and help staff achieve their potential through an atmosphere of open communication, learning and fun.

  • We are each responsible for providing the highest level of service to our customers.
    We deliver our best by listening and responding to our customers...every time, every day.

  • We constantly improve our performance to achieve excellence.
    We measure our efforts by accessing our strengths and needs to identify areas for improvement. We believe that anything can be made better.

  • We create new programs to meet the needs of children, families and the community.
    We develop innovative programs that serve children and families facing the most challenging circumstances. Our entrepreneurial spirit leads us to test the limits of existing services and create new opportunities.

  • We do what we say we do.
    Our mission and values are more than just something to talk about. They guide all of our decisions. We believe that our integrity can only be measured by how we live by these values each day.



About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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