Our goal is to build bridges between youth treatment and compassion, accountability and opportunity, rehabilitation and public safety. By addressing causes, and not simply the effects, we are improving long-term outcomes for young people, their families, and our communities.

For us, there is nothing more gratifying than witnessing the dramatic influence that our therapeutic and education programs have on these forgotten children. And few initiatives are as valuable to American life as those that help these compromised young people, who, in turn, impact their communities and continue to help us write new endings to what historically has been the same old story.

It is easier to raise strong children than to repair broken men.

Frederick Douglas

Without education, our children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.

Nelson Mandela

Once you chose hope, everything else comes easy

Christopher Reeve


“Children are God’s promise for a better tomorrow.”

But that promise is not easily kept; children require love and guidance. All too frequently, childhood and adolescence can include emotional or mental illness, self-destructive behavior or victimization. These difficulties have challenged society throughout history. This story began a long time ago.

In the early 1800’s, we began calling it “juvenile delinquency” and dealt with it through incarceration and punishment. Early 20th Century psychoanalysis led to better rehabilitation outcomes, but with modernization, the problem grew to critical levels. Youth violence, victimization, and incarceration reached historic highs in the 1990’s.

Therapeutic outcomes have improved, but the same old story persists. As evidenced in current headlines, the tragedy continues to escalate.

Today, human trafficking and drug addiction is destroying unprecedented numbers of young lives. The complexities of the modern, hyper-connected world have added bullying and endless peer pressure to the causes of youth alienation, crime and suicide.

But the cause is far from hopeless. Research has led us to new responses and treatments. We know that innovative, immersive rehabilitation therapies and inspirational education programs can bring life-altering change to vulnerable youth.

Youth Opportunity Foundation is dedicated to saving these victimized, disenfranchised young people.

Do we, the American people, understand the consequences of doing nothing?


There are many ways you can join us and help the youth in America who need help the most.