YFT Keys To Success

Safety, Supervision & Permanency

Healthy development and rehabilitation are keys to YFT’s success within services. We provide intensive supervision and a safe, highly structured living environment to help residents learn to manage anger, cooperate with others and establish of mutual respect in relationships. Our educators, counselors and house parents use individual service plans to conduct weekly and monthly review of needs and progress against priorities and goals and adjust levels of supervision and structure for each resident as appropriate. YFT professionals foster self-esteem through success in academics, on-campus work assignments, and the increasing responsibility inherent in developing independent living skills. 

Supervision is one of the most important strategies and skills required by staff to develop and master. YFT adheres to a campus-wide policy of systematic supervision. Systematic supervision refers to a multi-element method of resident behavior support and management in common areas focused on: 1. active supervision techniques, combined with 2. Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) strategies. Active supervision is a combination of listening to and watching residents, being aware of the environment and its potential risks, the weather conditions, the time of day, managing small and large groups of residents, and an understanding of adolescent development including theories about the ages and stages of adolescent development.

It is also crucial that staff/career professionals are aware of the different ages, personalities, behaviors and characteristics of the residents in their care.

During one-on-one supervision, where the staff member is alone with a resident for the majority of time, the strategies to supervise residents are important because they are unable to rely upon colleagues to assist them. While services need to consider the safety of residents at all times, they also need to recognize the difficulty for those staff who are alone; and provide support and information that guide staff to develop active supervision strategies.

Relationships, Spirituality and Faith

Relationships

The strongest predictors of a child’s success after graduation from YFT are education and family support.  YFT professionals actively partner with each resident’s family members, placement agency, home –based school and other community stakeholders to develop and nurture internal and external relationships for each child.  YFT educators, counselors and other staff challenge residents educationally and create opportunities to establish healthy relationships between residents and their families.  YFT professionals identify internal and external relationships and ways to foster these relationships in each resident’s individual service plan.

Spirituality and Faith

The foundational component of Youth For Tomorrow is the spiritual. We are a non-denominational, faith-based, Christ-centered residential group home. Through our pastoral outreach and ministry we present the Word of God clearly and without compromise. We realize however, that most of our residents come to us in a place where they have rejected faith and are rebellious to the truths of Scriptures, often in defiance of their parents.  The youth we serve come to us as self-absorbed, entitled teens with little care or concern for the impact their decisions have on others. The youth we serve come to us as self-absorbed, entitled teens with little care or concern for the impact that their decisions have on others.

Through our on-campus ministry, Godly principles are presented clearly and without concession, but done in a way that permits each resident to chart his or her our course.