Youth Villages – Why Work For Us?

Evidentiary Family Restoration® is Youth Villages’ approach to helping our nation’s most vulnerable and troubled children. All our programs and services operate under this approach, which emphasizes family, measurement, community, intensity and accountability.

Youth Villages' Programs:

  • Intensive in-home treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Foster care
  • Adoption
  • Transitional living
  • Specialized Crisis Services
  • MYPAC Provider
  • Project Safe Place
  • Mentoring


Youth Villages employees are committed to the mission and values that guide our organization.

Our Mission
Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully.

Our Values

  • Kids' needs come first...Always
  • Children are raised best by their families.
  • We provide a safe place.
  • We strive to achieve positive, lasting results.
  • We are committed to our staff.
  • We are each responsible for providing the highest level of service to our customers.
  • We constantly improve our performance to achieve excellence.
  • We create new programs to meet the needs of children, families and the community.
  • We do what we say we do.

Our dedication to these simple, specific principles permeates the organization and ensures that we keep our priorities right – always putting kids’ needs first, and committing ourselves to positive, long-lasting results. In this way, we are able to offer the very best, most effective help to every child in our care.

Our mission and values statements provide the foundation for our organization’s dynamic growth and remarkable success.


When you join us at Youth Villages, you become part of the force for families. Our organization is committed to improving the lives of children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families across the United States.

You’ll work hard but there are numerous opportunities for advancement and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real difference in the lives of families who desperately need that help.

Professional Development and Promotions at Youth Villages


One unique characteristic of Youth Villages is our strong emphasis on professional development, an attribute that is considered rare among non-profit organizations, and social services in particular.

We develop our leaders from within. Your supervisors have previously done your job and, if you have the right skills and ambition, your opportunities can be endless.

Youth Villages employees grow through initial and ongoing on-the-job training, advanced, knowledge-based technology and numerous leadership and skills training opportunities. We have entire departments dedicated to both performance improvement and leadership development throughout the organization.

Often individuals have to look outside their organization to find ways to advance their career or experience professional growth. At Youth Villages, you never have to leave the organization to experience new challenges and achieve professional growth and career advancement.

Individuals can gain experience in an array of programs and locations.

As Youth Villages grows we invite our existing staff to grow with us, which means as we move into new areas or begin new programs, our existing team members are the first to be considered for opportunities.

We realize that a healthy and happy employee performs his or her job more effectively, so every Youth Villages employee is encouraged to live a healthy life.

We promote healthy lifestyles. Youth Villages offers excellent health benefits, including natural care, discounted gym memberships and a Weight Watchers program the organization pays for if you attain your weight loss goal. No matter where you work at Youth Villages, your colleagues will support you in whatever you do.

Employees also train for and participate in our annual springtime YV5K in Memphis, which draws thousands of participants from the community who support our organization. Teams of YV employees from around the country band together and compete against each other for bragging rights and trophies awarded in categories including best participation and team spirit. After the race, employees meet at a local restaurant to celebrate, socialize and congratulate the winners.

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    When you come to work at Youth Villages you join an elite team of individuals from every walk of life, determined to make the lives of the youth in our city, your city, and the nation better. The word "altruism" defines us and there are no limits to what can be achieved when people stand together to help one another help the community. From the office manager to the executive director, every person that works at Youth Villages is saving lives everyday. We work with teens all the way down to itty bitty babies with the diligence and fervor and the heart necessary to help children and families heal, reunite, and to move onward and upward. This job is a lifestyle more than a job and if you are looking to make a difference in your community and have the right qualifications, then this is the place for you. The case loads are lighter than similar jobs working for the state and you could not hope to find a more loving, fun bunch of people to work with.


    Be prepared for a lot of learning and organization. This is all paid for and provided by Youth Villages but I would want anyone coming into this job to know this so that they can be prepared. It's not really a "con" so to speak since it is a part of every job. As a former college professor I just wanted to let you know what's coming.

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    Keep up the good work!

Youth Villages Interviews

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    I applied online – interviewed at Youth Villages.


    face to face 30 minute interview. then a quick tour of facility and 1 hour sit in with other employees. Face to face with the manager that will be over you and your location. A quick review of the rules and youth.

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Youth Villages Awards & Accolades

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50 Best Nonprofits to Work For , The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group, 2010
50 Best Nonprofits to Work For , The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group, 2011

Additional Info

Headquarters Memphis, TN
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1986
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Health Care
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 20,000 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 ... More

Mission: Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully.

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