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Youth Villages Overview

Memphis, TN
1001 to 5000 employees
1986
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$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 23,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary ... Read more

Mission: Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully.

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
  • YVLifeSet
  • Specialized Crisis Services
  • MYPAC Provider
  • Project Safe Place
  • Mentoring

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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

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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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    Pros

    In my experience leadership are very supportive toward staff. Every supervisor I have had since joining YV has treated me with respect and as a peer rather than as a subordinate. They have encouraged my development as a clinician and as a leader. I feel valued and heard more now than in any prior professional setting. I appreciate the way the company invests in staff success. For example, I was able to complete my second Master's degree through the tuition reimbursement offered by Youth Villages. I am currently seeking licensure with support from YV. The multi-level clinical supervision structure ensures strong accountability and enables staff to serve youth and families with confidence. I appreciate Youth Villages' mission and values and how those are reflected in the work that we do daily. Helping youth and families to live successfully can be challenging but also quite rewarding.

    Cons

    The work we do is very demanding with regard to time and energy. Work life balance is definitely a challenge in this field. The rewards don't necessarily come in the form of financial compensation. Working in community based programs has put a lot of miles on my vehicles.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster a culture of support and empowerment for staff. Celebrate and encourage staff contributions as often as possible.

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Youth Villages Photos

Youth Villages photo of: “We did a lot of coaching and role playing and Shae did a great job as an advocate for Jaeqwaun at school.” – Jaeqwaun's mom, Janiva, speaking about Shae, a Youth Villages family counselor (left).
Youth Villages photo of: 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.
Youth Villages photo of: We promote healthy lifestyles and offer excellent health benefits, including natural care, discounted gym memberships and a Weight Watchers program.
Youth Villages photo of: “John opened up and let us know his feelings during sessions,” Anita, his counselor, said. “Because of MST, he’s become more family-oriented.”
Youth Villages photo of: Youth Villages’ residential treatment programs serve boys and girls with serious to severe emotional and behavioral problems combined with other needs.
Youth Villages photo of: “We learned that Jakob wanted structure and discipline and he wanted to work on becoming a family too,” his mother said. “We began to look forward to Valerie’s visits.”
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Youth Villages Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Youth Villages.

    Interview

    Was interviewed and told I would get a response by the end of the week. Within a few hours I received a phone call from the interview offing me the job.

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Youth Villages Awards & Accolades

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

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