Youth For Tomorrow
11835 Hazel Circle Dr.
Bristow, VA 20136
YFT's residential school provides at-risk children who live outside their homes a stable, supportive educational environment. Residential education is an umbrella term for community-like settings where at-risk children live and learn together, outside their homes, within stable, supportive environments. The purpose of YFT’s residential school is to provide a way for young people to excel through high-quality education. Enrichment programs – including after-school tutoring, recreation, information technology, the arts, and clinical therapy– are offered on campus.
Residential education is a viable and important option for thousands of children, particularly teenagers. Residential education serves children severely challenged by homelessness, abuse, neglect, and low-income, high-crime neighborhoods. The majority of children live in single-family homes with a married couple on a campus. The average length of stay is significantly longer than most other residential programs, underscoring a sense of connection and belonging. Family interaction and connection are maintained whenever possible and appropriate. Whenever possible, children live within close proximity to their families.
Youth For Tomorrow believes in providing students with a breath of knowledge needed to compete in today’s society. We believe in the equal importance of spiritual and intellectual development, and the benefits of hard work. Our education service offers adolescents, grades 7-12, a secondary education or GED. We foster self-discipline, independence, creativity, and curiosity. Youth For Tomorrow teachers are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our secondary school is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF), an accreditation recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education.
All of our academic programs offer the following:
Our educational services include the following:
Youth for Tomorrow operates a full-time Day School program, on the standard 10-month calendar aligned with Prince William County Public Schools (Virginia), providing a minimum of 61/2 hours of academic instruction daily. This is a full-time program. Though individual class schedules may vary according to a student’s ability to attend, each school day consists of seven periods of academic instruction, including one period for physical education/recreation and a lunch period. Additional activities are planned regularly during and after-school.
Summer Learning Academy (SLA)
The YFT Summer Learning Academy (SLA) is a unique program that provides opportunities for adolescents ages 10-17 with mental health related issues (i.e., ADHD, depression, ODD, or related disorders) to develop their educational, creative, leadership and social skills over the summer. The program is tailored to each child’s behavioral, emotional, and learning needs. The ultimate goal is to build on a child’s social and academic skills so he or she can return to school ready to succeed.
The program is carried out under the supervision of mental health professionals, specially trained staff, and licensed educational professional. Youth are placed in groups of eight with two professional staff members. The group stays together throughout the day so that youth learn to work and cooperate together. Youth participate in high yield learning activities such as art, drama, cartooning, sports to identify life-long interest and hobbies. Youth participate daily in therapeutically based educational, creative and recreational activities as well as group problem solving, social skills training and other treatment strategies.
The YFT Summer Learning Academy is offered in two four week sessions each summer. Parents have the option of signing their child up for the entire 8 weeks or weekly. Youth who are currently insured through Virginia Medicaid or eligible for Virginia Medicaid and have a mental health diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other disorders may be eligible for assistance as a day treatment student.