History

History

An increasing number of adolescents are at risk of failure to themselves and to society.  The roots of this failure flourish in a host of social ills that may include:

  • Dysfunctional family
  • Drug or criminally infested neighborhoods
  • An internal chemical imbalance
  • Learning disability


These are not of a child’s own creation.  Allowed to ferment, however, they may lead to academic failure, drug abuse, unwanted pregnancy, delinquency and unmanageable anger. The resulting impact of these risk factors can be severe and adversely affect the child’s family, peers, school, community and society as a whole.

After the campus was purchased, construction shortly followed on the Original Boys Home.  In 1986, we enrolled our first male residents.  We now admit girls who comprise nearly half of our resident population.  To accommodate the growth in demand since our opening, we have built five residential homes for girls, one additional home for boys and constructed a state of the art Education Center, the Joe Gibbs Center for Academic and Physical Education that was completed in September 2003.
 
YFT is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and is currently licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services and Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) to accommodate residential placements in our shelter and residential treatment center and DBHDS to provide opportunities for Therapeutic Day Treatment and Intensive-In-Home services.  YFT is also accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Facilities (VAISEF), an accrediting organization of the Virginia Council on Private Education, recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education to provide secondary education to residential and day school students.