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Youth Villages: An Overview of Our Organization

A private nonprofit organization, Youth Villages' mission is to help children and families live successfully. Regardless of which Youth Villages program a child participates in, our approach centers around strengthening the child's family and support systems.

  • Youth Villages will serve more than 22,000 emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families this year through a variety of programs. Services include:
    • Intensive in-home services
    • Foster care and adoption
    • Residential and intensive residential treatment
    • An emergency shelter for homeless and runaway teens
    • Specialized Crisis Services
    • YVLifeSet
  •  Youth Villages provides help for children who face a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems. Children may have such mood disorders as depression or anxiety, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, impulse or conduct disorders. Many of the children helped by Youth Villages have learning or developmental disabilities.
  • Youth Villages was an early advocate of using the most effective, research-based therapies for children with emotional and behavioral problems. Since 1994, the organization has tracked every child who leaves the program, and has recorded consistently high success rates. In 2011, 86 percent of the children who completed their Youth Villages programs were discharged successfully. Eighty-five percent of the children are still successful 24 months after discharge.
  • Youth Villages provides services from 72 locations in 58 cities across 12 states and the District of Columbia. We serve children and families in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.
  • Referrals are accepted from psychiatrists, parents, judges, social workers and child welfare and mental health state systems.
  • On any given day, there are approximately 2,600 children being served by Youth Villages. In fiscal year 2009, Youth Villages counselors provided more than 41,500 hours of therapeutic services for children and families. This does not include hours spent working with schools, courts and community supports.
  • Youth Villages has been cited as a national model by the American Youth Policy Forum and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.
  • Youth Villages is a grantee of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and a part of the foundation's innovative Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot, designed to help effective nonprofit organizations grow so they can help more clients and reform systems. Youth Villages' EMCF co-investors include YV Board Chairman Emeritus Mike Bruns, The Day Foundation, FedEx Corporation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Jenesis Group, The Kresge Foundation, Strategic Grant Partners and the Youth Villages Board of Directors.
  • Youth Villages was the first children's services organization recognized by the White House in 2009 in its search for results-oriented nonprofits that are transforming communities with innovative, promising ideas.
  • The Harvard Business School released a case study in 2009 exploring Youth Villages' innovative treatment approach, use of research in program development and targeted growth strategies.

  • U.S. News & World Report in 2006 featured Youth Villages CEO Patrick W. Lawler as one of "America's Best Leaders," along with such notables as investment guru Warren Buffett and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The project is a collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • In 2011, more than 6,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations donated more than $11.7 million to help the children of Youth Villages. Youth Villages employees themselves contributed $940,000 back to the organization through payroll donations.
  • Youth Villages' annual revenue in fiscal year 2011 totaled $165 million. Total assets were $190 million, and total liabilities were $16.5 million. Of every dollar spent, 86 cents went directly to programs that support children and families. Twelve percent went to administration and 2% to fundraising.
  • Youth Villages is accredited by the Joint Commission.
  • Youth Villages was named as one of the "50 Best Nonprofits to Work for in 2010" by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group.

Audited Financials
Youth Villages is organized as a nonprofit corporation, and operates under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is, therefore, exempt from federal and state income taxes, except as to unrelated business income. Contributions of Youth Villages are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Youth Villages' Federal Taxpayer I.D. Number is 58-1716970. Audited financials and IRS Form 990s available below:

IRS Form 990s

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 across the country. 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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