In 1969, there were no programs for troubled girls in Utah.

Girls who were reacting to abusive families were either warehoused in inadequate foster homes or placed in detention. Nothing was available to help them reclaim their lives and recover from their abuse.

Lila Bjorklund changed all that.

For 25 years, she worked 40-50 hours a week, without compensation, to give troubled children of all ages and backgrounds the loving adult relationships they needed to change their lives.

The charity Lila founded, Utah Youth Village, is one of Utah’s largest, most respected charities serving hundreds of children a year in specialized family homes, therapeutic foster homes, in-home services, a therapeutic boarding school, a therapeutic junior and senior high school, homes for refugee children and intensive online parenting resources.

Although Lila has passed on, her legacy of unflinching advocacy and love for children remains in the changed lives of all Village children.

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