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Our Mission

Utah Youth Village heals and elevates lives through proven family solutions.

How We Heal and Elevate Lives
  • Families First: Therapeutic support and guidance to Utah youth and families facing challenging life circumstances
  • Alpine Academy: Two therapeutic schools helping teens from around the United States thrive
  • Treatment Foster Care: Providing safe family style environment to Utah’s foster children
  • Smarter Parenting: Online resources and customized coaching to parents around the world

Teaching Family Model

All of the programs at Utah Youth Village are based on the principles of the Teaching-Family Model. As a milieu-wide treatment approach, “The Teaching-Family Model is probably the most described and researched residential care model in the literature.” (Ingrid James, Therapeutic Residential Care for Children, pg. 149 (2015)). The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and the California Evidence-based Clearinghouse categorize the Teaching-Family Model as an evidence-based practice. The website for the American Psychological Association states, “The Teaching-Family Model is one of the few evidence-based residential treatment programs for troubled children.” For more information on the Teaching-Family Model and the Teaching-Family Association, please visit The Federal Government has recognized the Teaching Family Association as an approved Accrediting body.

Utah Youth Village Annual Impact

Smarter Parenting



Alpine Academy



Families First


(466 Families)

Treatment Foster Homes






Helping Create a Brighter Future

Utah Youth Village’s success rate in discharging children to less restrictive levels of care/treatment compared to the combined average of the other agencies, which was 37%.

The percentage of Alpine Academy girls who are positively discharged into less restrictive care

“Utah Youth Village helps injured families pick up the pieces and start loving each other again. I can’t imagine a more vital service in our society today.”

Kim Fowkes
Project Link, Washington Elementary

5 Years of Maturity

Gains made by a typical Village child, as measured by the Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Test.

D+ to B

The average improvement in GPA for children and youth in Family Style Treatment Homes and Treatment Foster Homes.

26 Points

The average drop in Y-OQ score, while in Village residential treatment. A 14 point drop is significant.