The children of our communities are the future of our world. This sentiment is one held by non-profit organization, Youth for Tomorrow, and one we at Virginia Lawn Service hold, as well.
An increasing number of teenagers and children are at risk in our local neighborhoods and all over the globe. Whether they are at risk because of dysfunctional families, heavily criminal environments, internal chemical imbalances, or learning disabilities, some children simply do not have the proper tools or means to navigate these issues. Left unnoticed and untreated, these problems often lead to social issues such as academic failures, drug abuse, anger issues, and more. The root of most of these issues are not of the child’s own creation, which is why they deserve the guidance necessary to make a positive difference in their own lives.
Youth for Tomorrow (YFT) is a non-profit organization founded by Joe Gibbs that is dedicated to helping young people at risk in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Their facilities offer residential accommodations for boys and girls, secondary education to both residential and day school students, and opportunities for therapeutic day treatment and intensive-in-home services to those in need. In 1986, the organization opened their first male residents to their Original Boys Home. Since then, YFT has built five residential homes for girls, one additional homes for boys, a state of the art Education Center, and the Joe Gibbs Center for for Academic and Physical Education.
Youth for Tomorrow aims to provide as much as possible to children in need, but it is difficult to help all of those who struggle in our community. The Fund for the Unfunded is an opportunity to serve children in crisis who come to YFT without public or private funding but are in need of the program’s services. According to Youth for Tomorrow, “At any given time, we are providing care to 85-110 children for whom no outside funds are available. They are ‘unfunded’ children – they are desperate – in crisis – and need our help.”
A large portion of the children that come to YFT unfunded are victims of sex trafficking from around the country, those from families living below the poverty line, and local children in behavioral programs from impoverished families. YFT stays true to their mission and chooses not to turn these children away, but needs help to continue to assist the “unfunded”.
Thanks to the business of great customers, Virginia Lawn Service is happy to commit to donating throughout the year to Youth for Tomorrow’s Fund for the Unfunded in an effort to give victims and those in crisis a place of solace when they have little else. We are excited to begin giving back to the community and urge those interested to get involved in opportunities to donate or volunteer for the cause.
Interested in getting more hands on? Keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer opportunities with Virginia Lawn Service and Youth for Tomorrow.
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