A successful transition to adulthood isn’t easy, even for the most well supported youth.
Youth Villages is dedicated to helping those for whom the process is even more challenging: emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families who often are at a loss for what to do and where to turn.
Youth Villages began serving families in Massachusetts in 2007. A few years later they opened YVLifeSet, an initiative focused on assisting young adults aging out of the Massachusetts foster care system. YVLifeSet’s highly trained specialists work 24/7 with their young clients, including face-to-face sessions at least once a week in community settings, at homes, at school or on the job – wherever is most convenient. Together, they tackle the highs and lows of growing up and ensure that the basics – stable and suitable housing, education, life skills – are covered.
Matt Stone, Executive Director of Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire, says the program has benefited from being located in a state that “gets it”. YVLifeSet in Massachusetts has set the standard for YVLifeSet programs elsewhere, becoming the first to rely on evidence-based research to refine its efforts and improve outcomes for those it serves.
in school, employed or in GED Classes at 12 months post-discharge
successfully living at home or independently at 12 months post-discharge
“Youth Villages’ YVLifeSet has helped me to cultivate who I am as an individual and grow into an independent adult. I am happy, healthy, and at a point where I can start using my experience to help others.”
- Ruby, a YVLifeSet participant
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