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Youth Villages named as one of the ‘Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2010’

April 7, 2010

Counselor LaTava Ford checks in with a Youth Villages foster family.

The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group have named Youth Villages as one of the 50 Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work For in the United States.

One of the largest providers of services to troubled children and their families in the country, Youth Villages was founded in Memphis in 1986. This year, 2,300 counselors, teachers and staff will help more than 15,000 children with serious emotional and behavioral problems and their families.
            

Counselors work from 64 locations in 11 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The annual survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the non-profit sector. The 2010 list of 50 Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work For were chosen in a two-part process. The primary part, which made up 75 percent of the evaluation, consisted of a randomized employee survey. The survey allowed employees to rank their organizations in eight key areas including leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, work environment, relationship with supervisor and pay/benefits.  The second part consisted of evaluating each organization’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics.

“We’ve strived to provide our employees with a supportive work environment and culture, good benefits, the latest technology and comprehensive training. This award shows that we’re on the right track, but we always are driven to make Youth Villages even better.”
– Patrick W. Lawler, Youth Villages CEO

Youth Villages and the American Heart Association were the only two nonprofits in the top 50 with more than 2,000 employees.

Other organizations honored include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Lance Armstrong Foundation and Keep America Beautiful Inc. The complete list is published in The NonProfit Times’ April 2010 issue.


“This is a great honor for Youth Villages,” said Patrick W. Lawler, chief executive officer. “Our employees are on the front lines every day, helping children who have sometimes suffered from abuse and neglect and have very challenging mental health issues. On our residential campuses, they are responsible for meeting children’s needs 24 hours a day; through our in-home and community programs, counselors respond at all hours to families in crisis. It’s inspiring to know they gave our organization such top ratings.

“Our consistently high success rates and continual improvements in services to young people are a result of the hard work of the Youth Villages team. We’ve strived to provide our employees with a supportive work environment and culture, good benefits, the latest technology and comprehensive training. This award shows that we’re on the right track, but we always are driven to make Youth Villages even better.”

Youth Villages is a major employer of college graduates in the fields of social work, psychology and counseling in the areas it serves. Nearly a hundred college students will be participating in the organization’s internship program this year.

“We expect that this honor will increase traffic to our career website,” Lawler said. “If you are passionate about helping children and families, Youth Villages definitely is a great place to work.”

Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization that offers a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services. Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home or in a home-like setting two years after completing a Youth Villages program. Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House in 2009 as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. For more information about Youth Villages, visit www.youthvillages.org.

For more information on the Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For program, visit www.BestNonProfitstoWorkfor.com.

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