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Georgia youths overcome adversity and return home, poised for success

October 30, 2013


In just a few short months, Titionna and Noah are about to go home.

And they’re ready. They’ve worked hard to overcome their behavior issues and lay the groundwork to be successful at home and at school.

Noah, 11, was defiant and had angry outbursts.

Titionna, 14, was physically and verbally aggressive.

At Youth Villages’ Inner Harbour Campus, they both learned constructive ways to communicate and cope with their feelings of frustration.

“They have both definitely progressed,” said David Hurst, teacher/counselor at Youth Villages Inner Harbour. “They are now able to communicate more quickly and think their actions through.”

The Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus is one of Georgia’s largest psychiatric residential treatment programs for seriously emotionally disturbed children and youth. Last year, Youth Villages Inner Harbour helped nearly 400 children.

The woodland setting on 1,200 acres just outside of Atlanta offers a therapeutic environment for seriously troubled children. The campus includes a lake, sports field, running track and playgrounds for recreational activities. Hiking trails, canoeing activities, a ropes course and equine therapy enhance treatment as well.

“Youth Villages Inner Harbour has helped a lot,” Titionna said. “Everybody’s here to get better.”

Noah is looking forward to going home a changed youth.

“It helped me to be here,” he said. “You have to work on your treatment and be willing to get better.”

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