Youth for Tomorrow, a faith based Christian nonprofit, was founded by former Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs.
“[Life] can be difficult at times,” said Assistant Vice President of Programs Carl Street Jr., who says he was called to do this work. “I really feel like here we’re really about helping individuals choose life and live life to the fullest.”
The organization just opened its fifth location in Lansdowne. Youth for Tomorrow treats children and teens, ages 5 to 18, with conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance abuse. Its counselors also help with aggression, attention deficits, and family issues.
If the client chooses, a religious component, like prayer, is used as a healing tool, too.
“Knowing that at the core we’re a faith based organization some clients who may have had limited experiences with mental health might be a little more comfortable with us sometimes,” said Cassie McDonnell, a licensed clinical psychologist with Youth for Tomorrow.
Youth for Tomorrow says it will help anyone, regardless of his or her religion.
Its 22 therapists hold an average of 400 sessions per week.