Christian Boarding School



Youth For Tomorrow owns and operates Christian Boarding School and Therapeutic Center on a 215 acre campus located in Virginia. We accept boys and girls from ages 12 to 18 with behavioral and mental health issues in our therapeutic boarding school.

Call (703) 659-9836 to discuss how our program can help your child.
There is no obligation and the consultation is free. We have been helping troubled children since 1986 and our caring, professional staff are available to talk with you. Our office is open Monday thru Friday from 8am till 6pm.

Request Admissions InformationAlmost 30 years ago, Joe Gibbs founded Youth For Tomorrow a home for at-risk teenagers. A devout Christian, Coach Gibbs has seen his dream of serving troubled teenagers in the Washington, DC

region become a center for wayward teenage boys and girls. The group home has evolved into a variety of residential and outpatient services including a residential private school and therapeutic counseling and treatment center which teaches Godly principles to the children we serve. 


The living units are on a 215 acre campus just 40 west-southwest of Washington DC in Bristow VA. They are staffed by men and women who live and teach Christian values. These staff members  have re-directed the lives and  saved the souls of almost a thousand children for the past 27 years.


Our secondary school, State accredited and special education certified, is located on campus and offers a curriculum for grades 7-12. Our pupil – teacher ratio is 8-1. Our students take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s), the SAT and the ACT. Our graduates have attended colleges throughout Virginia and elsewhere in the Nation. Graduates will receive a YFT and a Virginia Board of Education diploma and credits will transfer to most public and private high schools in the U.S.

Therapeutic Center

Residents benefit from the full range of therapeutic services which address behavioral health issues such as: depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, OCD and related mental health issues. Residents participate in individual, group and/or family therapy as necessary with a licensed or licensed eligible staff member.  Assessments are provided for specialized group counseling such as Anger Management, Chemical Education, Substance Abuse Education and Prevention, Overcomers Group, Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, Sexual Abuse and Trauma, and Grief & Loss.

Christian Growth and Development

Permeating all facets of the Youth For Tomorrow program is our spiritual commitment. While our students come to us representing many denominations, we daily offer to each student spiritual activities within our residences,  therapy sessions and school ( e.g. Bible study, individual and group prayer, on-campus chapel and Sunday church service, youth group, off-campus community service projects and a study of comparative religions). We expect all of our staff members to set a Christian example on a daily basis.

YFT’s Foundational Scriptures and Motto:
“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it”.
"Believe His Word and Trust His Grace"
(Psalm 127:1a - John 17:17 and 2 Corinthians 12:9)



Students between the ages of 13-18 may enroll in the Youth For Tomorrow Christian Boarding School and Therapeutic Center. Enrollment may occur at any time during the school year with the length of participation in the program dependent upon the needs of the student and the desire of the student’s family.

Student residence on the YFT campus

Our male residents reside in the Redskins Courage House directly across the driveway from our school. Enrollment is limited to 15 boys – no more than three boys per room. The girls reside in the Chelsea House located in Wiser Circle on campus – enrollment is limited to 15 girls. Each home has 24 hour supervision. Chelsea House is a single family constructed house with six bed rooms, a living room and kitchen. All breakfasts and all week-end meals are served in the home unless the students go on an evening out.  Lunches and dinners are served in the Joe Gibbs Academic and Physical Education Center.

There is a weekly evaluation of the student’s performance. These evaluations are the basis for a monthly report to the student’s family.  The evaluation consists of the staff assessments of the student’s personal behavior, conduct and achievements in each of our four program priorities noted earlier. Depending upon the length of stay in the program, the student may achieve promotions within the program as the student’s growth warrants.

All students must adhere to a dress code consisting of collared shirts and khaki pants or skirts for the girls. Additional policies relating to personal hygiene, behavior expectations in classrooms and living units are applicable to each student. You will find the full array of policies governing student behavior in  the 2016-2017 Student Handbook which we will email to you upon request.

The YFT Christian Boarding School and Therapeutic Center strongly encourages a minimum commitment of a 90 day placement in the program from the student’s family. This is to provide an opportunity for our professional staff to make behavioral assessments of the student’s issues, determine what is the most appropriate treatment for the child and to ascertain how well the child is responding to the chosen treatment.


Youth For Tomorrow is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and is currently licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services for the living units which accomodate the Christian Boarding School students. The YFT school is licensed and accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.  


There is no charge to submit the application for admission. Once completed, a response to the application will be received within three days.  YFT has a “rolling admissions” process which permits a student to enroll at any time of the year. There is an eight week summer school program, also, which requires a separate tuition payment.

Youth For Tomorrow’s Admissions Office is open Monday – Friday from 8am – 6pm. Our Director of Admissions may be reached at (703) 659-9836 or

Click here to download the application for admission.

School Year 2016 - 2017

 Click here to download the tuition agreement

Tuition, Room, Board and Basic Therapeutic Services: $5,290/month    

Financing is available through:

American HealthCare Lending’s platform allows families to obtain a loan approval in a matter of seconds after submission of an online application.

Youth For Tomorrow, serving children with therapeutic needs since 1986,  is opening a Christian Boarding School and Therapeutic Center this fall to provide privately financed students with a more directed approach to merging therapeutic counseling with Christian values.

Please click on the Application Download for further details on the program and services.

Youth For Tomorrow is a 501 c (3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code.