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Youth Villages

Youth Villages' continuum of care deploys over 17 evidence-based protocols to ensure high-quality programming for young people. 

The organization’s YVLifeSet program (formerly known as Transitional Living) is intended to help youth formerly in foster care or juvenile justice custody, or otherwise unprepared for adult life, make the transition to independent living. MDRC recently conducted an implementation study and randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation of the program in Tennessee. The implementation study, released in 2014, indicated that the program was implemented consistently across sites in the state, with systems in place to ensure its quality.  In 2015, the first-year findings of the RCT were released, demonstrating that YVLifeSet improved participants’ earnings, economic well-being, housing stability, and outcomes related to health and safety. The program was found to be equally effective for different subgroups of youth, including those with and without histories of juvenile justice custody. However, it did not significantly improve outcomes in the areas of education, social support, or criminal involvement.

Within EMCF’s framework for assessing an organization’s evidence of effectiveness, Youth Villages’ YVLifeSet and Intercept programs meet the standard of “proven effectiveness.” 

Youth Villages also offers an intensive in-home model, called Intercept®, that helps troubled youth, both in and out of state custody, and their families build healthy relationships, support and structure. Compared with traditional out-of-home services alone, Intercept costs one-third as much and consistently generates a long-term success rate twice the national average (80 percent vs. 40 percent). 

Five reports document the outcomes and results of Youth Villages' programs:


In 2016, MDRC will release a report on the YV LifeSet program in Tennessee that includes two-year impact findings and a cost study.