YFT is recognized for its outstanding performance throughout the full continuum of social service programs it offers and is now one of the leading providers of mental and behavioral health services in Prince William County, Virginia.
YFT is serving over 2,000 children and their families, and though the scale of the outreach has grown, at its heart the work is the same as that begun by Coach Joe Gibbs almost three decades ago. Whether engaged at home, school, clinic or some other setting, YFT professionals reach out with a helping hand to those in need of guidance. These highly trained counselors, therapists and teachers offer support and caring grounded in faith which offer hope and the possibility of a “new life”.
The benefits of Youth For Tomorrow’s services are numerous. YFT’s services not only address the various needs of individuals and their families in our community, they also equate to long-term economic savings at the State and County government levels.
Below are a few highlights from our 2013-2014 fiscal year illustrating the profound impact of Youth For Tomorrow’s services.
Therapeutic Group Home
- 95% of residential clients met Individual Service Goals each quarter
- 50% of the current residential census reached Phase 3; 40% reached Phase 5 on a five phase program.
- Greater than 95% of clients completed the residential program, successfully transitioned home and/or into the local work force, entered college or joined the Armed Forces.
- Zero Runaways
- 100% ( 8 out of 8) of the students studying for their GED passed the exam
- 556 Educational Assessments were completed
- 66 Youth enrolled and completed a vocational training program
Behavioral Health Services
A) Crisis Intervention Services
- Each year, CIC exceeds its projected client caseload of 400
- CIC staff administered 292 individual mental health assessments
- 100% of surveyed clients stated that they were very satisfied or satisfied with the services provided
B) Diagnostic and Assessment Services
- Conducted 296 new assessments for Prince William County students requiring in school behavioral support services and low risk assessments.
- Provided 1570 medication management sessions with our psychiatric staff.
- Conducted 322 clinical treatment assessments.
C) Therapeutic Day Treatment
- Served 165 students under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Prince William County Public School System
- Conducted 157 individuals assessments
- Provided 80,00 hours of treatment services
D) Out Patient Services
E) Intensive In –Home Counseling Services
F) Mentoring Services
After Care Services
This past year, the George Neall and the Edward T. Bedford Foundations provided funding to support YFT’s Aftercare Program. During the grant period, 19 former YFT residents benefited from direct services, while another 7 residents received YFT scholarships and indirect support services, totaling 26 former and current residents benefiting from aftercare and transitional services. The YFT Aftercare Coordinator made 18 visits to universities and colleges to provide direct assistance to former residents in the following capacity:
- Supplemental funding for rent or on-campus room and board while enrolled in college or vocational school
- Transportation assistance (for a limited time) to and from school
- Assistance with books and school related fees
- School supplies and required electronic equipment
- Fees for licensure
- Testing fees
- Graduation assistance (i.e., fees, cap and gowns)
- Travel expenses for after care coordinator to local and regional campuses to provide direct assistance with enrollment, registration, financial aid and counseling related to academic performance and acclimation to the college environment in general.
The After Care Coordinator reported spending more than 520 hours (31,000 minutes) of phone related counseling and ancillary assistance to former residents during the past year.
Under two separate Memorandum Of Understanding’s with the Prince William County Public School system YFT provided a School-Based Threat Assessment Coordinator who conducted 41 threat assessments for children considered to be at high risk of acting on aggressive, violent or harmful acts towards themselves and/or others; additionally, a School-Based Nurse provided support to 427 chronically ill Prince William County Public School students.
From the year 2004, YFT awarded scholarships to 24 students attending 4 yr. colleges & universities, 34 students attending 2 yr. colleges, and 19 students attending proprietary/vocational schools. Since the establishment of the Endowed Scholarship Fund, YFT has awarded $944,519 in scholarships. Collectively, these YFT alumni have attended postsecondary education classes for hundreds of semesters/terms to receive degrees or certificates qualifying them to become professional teachers, counselors, law enforcement officers, probation officers, small business owners, restaurant chefs, electricians, plumbers, hairstylists, healthcare aids and countless other jobs principally in Northern Virginia but, also, all around the country.