Youth Town unveils program for teen girls

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Youth Town announced Friday they will be opening a treatment facility specifically for teenage girls called Eden of Youth Town. Until now, they were a boys-only program. Officials said the new facility will help the organization reach more teens in need than ever before. “There’s just not anything out there for 12- to 17-year-old adolescent girls who have these same struggles,” Director of Eden of Youth Town Paige Bledsoe told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News on Friday. Organizers said the program at Eden will be designed specifically to treat girls addicted to drugs and alcohol. “Our program with the girls will be Christ-centered and gender responsive; meaning that we are tailoring our treatment out there specifically geared toward the realities and lives of the female,” Bledsoe said. “Girls are very rational, and we know from studies that girls succeed in treatment when they have community support and not just the support of the treatment program they’re in,” Youth Town Advisory Board member Angela Snider said. Youth Town officials said they secured a location in Beech Bluff that is being renovated for the Eden program and that it should start with about 12 girls. The program offers counseling services, family support and alcohol and drug addiction education. It also gives care and mentorship after the girls are ready to leave. “With this new program we know that we will be able to meet a need that has not been able to have been met,” Bledsoe said. “I’m just excited for our area that this type of treatment program is available — to have a Christ-based place where the girls can become whole again,” Snider said. Youth Town officials said the treatment facility is expected to open this spring. For more information about the program or for Youth Town’s contact information, visit www.youthtown.net.

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