Mission: Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully.
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:
Youth Villages employees are committed to the mission and values that guide our organization.
Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully.
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.
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.
I have been working at Youth Villages full-time (More than 5 years)
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.
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.
I applied online. I interviewed at Youth Villages.
The initial interview was with the recruiter and they asked some very basic questions to see if you are qualified. You will also be given the opportunity to ask them clarifying questions to see if you want to continue. After that, there is a second interview with a manager that is very flexible (video chat interview allowed if you are a long distance away)