The year 2016 brought exciting new opportunities as well as continued blessings to Youth For Tomorrow. Thirty years ago, Joe Gibbs had the idea of a place where young at-risk boys could become focused on their education and future, accept strong personal values and discipline and seek faith in their lives. No one could have imagined in 1986 that a small Christian group home for four boys would grow to become a multidimensional, Christian-based organization serving many thousands of children and adults in our residential program and in the community and schools. 

With your support, we have increased exponentially the number of children and their families we have helped! We have made your donations stretch further and served more children in crisis than ever before. In 2016, we served 8,123 children, adolescents and families, including 847 boys and girls in residence and 7,276 served by our behavioral health specialists in satellite offices and schools.  

It is by the Lord's design that YFT has become what we are today -- a nationally accredited residential treatment and counseling center, a state and regionally accredited secondary school and a nationally accredited behavioral health program which meets the needs of children and their families throughout Prince William County, Northern Virginia, the nation and the world. 

These are whom we help: children who are victims of parental neglect, physical abuse in the home or bullying in public schools – an increasingly serious cause of emotional and psychological issues. We see girls who have been prostituted by a parent to pay for drugs, pregnant teens who have nowhere to go and no knowledge of how to take care of a child, young boys and girls who join gangs in search of a family and military veterans who need emotional support to return to a normal life. And we help families facing crises. 

Our residential program, with 10 homes, continues to grow. We continue to maintain our historical success rate of 85% in young lives who complete our program and go on to college, the military, and employment in the community or successfully reunite with their families.  During this past year, thanks to the generosity of HomeAid Northern Virginia, Toll Brothers and YFT philanthropist Bob Wiser, we dedicated and opened another girls’ home. We increased opportunities for spiritual growth with the creation of the David and Karen Budd Outdoor Worship Center. At the same time, we broke ground for the Peterson Family Chapel right in the center of our campus. This is a dream we have had for years, now brought into sight by the Peterson Family Foundation’s major naming gift. 

We added to our ability to provide and broaden our behavioral health services into Fairfax County with the acquisition of Fairfax County-based Adolescent and Family Growth Center (AFGC), an organization which brings exceptional experience in the area of therapeutic foster care. YFT continues to provide an array of services in Prince William County through three community-based satellite centers and 26 Prince William County Public Schools. In 2016 we signed a memorandum of understanding for a pilot program in six Fairfax County Public Schools. We are pleased to report that our Behavioral Health Services programs also achieved a heartwarming 98% success rate based on responses to a survey of the children and adult clients we served. 

In addition to reports on our residential and community-based programs, you’ll find news about our year – the events, the community outreach and the successes achieved. Please celebrate with us the honors received by Youth For Tomorrow as well as the recognition bestowed on our supporters and staff. You also will find a report on our income and expenditures, including a fact of which we are very proud: our expenses for program administration remain at only 15.1% -- a very low percentage of our total budget!  Even when corporate expenses are viewed from a broader perspective, our general and administrative expenses are only 17.1% of our total budget and our special event fundraising expenses from four record-breaking events are only 24.66% of fundraising revenue.  

Among the year’s highlights: 

  • Residential Programs: A total of 847 boys and girls were served in our residential programs, including our Standard Program for boys and girls; Mommy and Me; Girls On A Journey (victims of sex trafficking) and Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors. 
  • Graduates: Youth For Tomorrow’s fully-accredited secondary school graduated 16 high school seniors, and 27 boys and girls successfully completed the five-phase program and returned to their communities. College scholarships were awarded to nine graduates and 11 former YFT graduates, and continuing scholarship support went to nine previous graduates who are successfully continuing their educational journeys. 
  • Behavioral Health Services:  We served a total of 7,276 children and their families in crisis through the following programs: 
  • Outpatient Services provided by our three satellite offices (Gainesville, Manassas & Woodbridge) including  services to 288 veterans and military families;
  • Through three Memorandum of Understanding with Prince William County Schools, services were provided with Therapeutic Day Treatment to 362 children in 26 schools; Substance Abuse Counseling and prevention and intervention to high risk children; Intensive Nursing Services.   
  • Aftercare and Mentoring: A total of 74 children received aftercare and mentoring services, including 42 residential clients who were assigned one-on-one mentoring. Four clients received weekly therapeutic mentoring and 28 received aftercare services that included assistance with living independently in the community and scholarships to vocational and post-secondary institutions.  
  • Bowles Family Foundation Girls On A Journey: GOAJ served 18 victims of sex trafficking, all supported by donors’ gifts to the Fund the Unfunded initiative. The total number of girls served totals 121 since 2009.
  • Mommy and Me Program: Since the program’s inception in 2007, YFT has served 152 teenage mothers and 163 babies in our Domestic and Immigrant Programs 
  • Fundraising: More than $6 million was raised through private sector fundraising in FY'16. Including funds supporting the Capital Campaign, the total private sector funding level reaches $9.9 million. 
  • Events: The Heart 2 Heart Gala generated $1.3 million in revenue; the Burgundy & Gold Banquet generated $1.1 million; the Golf Classic almost $200,000 and the Country Fair & Auctions more than $900,000. 
  • Sweetheart Raffle: A record $159,000 was raised in ticket sales at the Heart 2 Heart Gala. 
  • Community Outreach: YFT donors provided funding for 1,000 meals for needy families in the Prince William County community during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. 
  • Spiritual: 119 children in residence committed their lives to Christ; and three residents opted to enroll in the Christian Boarding School. 

Achieving these results is not accomplished without a great deal of effort by our professional staff and our faithfully generous donors. While children are often referred to us by social agencies and courts, to give them the high level of care that YFT provides, private funds must be raised to supplement whatever public funding might be available. And at any given time, we are providing care to 85-110 children for whom no outside funds are available at all. Our “Fund for the Unfunded” was created four years ago to provide the opportunity to serve children in crisis who are placed in our care without public or private funding from family sources and who desperately need our program services. To provide them with the lifeline they need, we require the assistance of our gracious and thoughtful donors. 

We give thanks to all of you who have helped us meet these challenges and who share in these accomplishments. They are made possible only because of the Lord's grace, the tireless, selfless and faithful leadership of Joe Gibbs, our Trustees, our highly trained and professional staff, our thousands of donors and the seemingly unlimited reservoir of energetic and deeply committed volunteers. You all are a part of the growing legacy of Youth For Tomorrow and are a part of how YFT makes an indelible imprint on the lives of our children and their families. 

We give thanks to you - to each of you. 

I am mindful each day of a Scripture message which poignantly describes our work at YFT: 

Whatsoever you do for the least of mine, brothers & sisters, you do for Me.
(Matthew 25:40)

Gary L Jones
CEO, Youth For Tomorrow