Natchez Trace Youth Academy
Natchez Trace Youth Academy is a CARF-accredited residential treatment facility for boys and young men, ages 10 to 17. We provide holistic care to youth who’ve exhibited emotional and behavioral issues that can’t be managed at home or other residential treatment settings. Our full programming includes a state-licensed school, competitive athletics, and outdoor immersion opportunities to provide students with numerous outlets to restore their mental health, practice their social skills and blaze trails for success.
Our residential treatment programs offer a secure, controlled environment for young men who are struggling with diagnosed behavioral and mental health problems. These problems often manifest in truancy, aggression, violence, and other reactive behavior that cause disruptions at home, in school, and in the community. Our three programs offer treatment for the various needs of our population. Our Conduct Disorder & Juvenile Justice Program provides treatment to young men who’ve had behavioral issues and possible contact with the legal system. Our Trauma-Focused Program offers restorative care to young men who’ve become reactive due to past traumas and neglect that have gone unaddressed. Our Traditional Psychiatric Treatment Program provides treatment for emotional and mental health issues such as severe depression, mood disorders and more.
Our fully licensed and accredited school offers a rich educational experience for the students in our care. Students can take a more academic track as they prepare to earn their high school diploma and take college exams like the ACT, but we also have vocational training opportunities. Students learn skills and trades, like horticulture, auto repair, woodworking, and business management. We supplement our education programs with enrichment activities like climbing, canoeing, and even community service. We participate in TSSAA athletics, so our students can also play basketball and run track competitively. We offer a range of options so our students can put their therapeutic learnings into practice in multiple life situations.
Native American Enrichment Track
This unique program uniquely considers the lives and complexities of Native American young men who would like to stay connected to their culture, spirituality and traditions while at Natchez Trace. We offer many ways to help maintain that connection, including a Sweat Lodge, a Medicine Wheel, and participation in Talking Circles. While the focus is on Native American males, parts of the program are open to all students.
With an Alpine Tower made for team building activities, a full gym, basketball sports, and a therapeutic wilderness setting, our campus provides students with a secure space to restore their health and focus on personal growth. Take a virtual tour of our expansive campus and facility.
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LICENSING & ACCREDITATION
Natchez Trace is CARF-accredited residential facility. Read more about that designation.
“Being a resident of Natchez Trace Youth Academy made an impact on me that will last a lifetime. It made me grow up really fast, and I learned a lot about life… I will never forget my stay here at NTYA, and when I look back, I’m glad I had this experience, as it was a part of my journey leading to who I am today: working with kids and young adults as they transition into life after being victims of crime. I thank all the staff at NTYA for helping me.”
“Every day for almost a year, you have encouraged, nursed, counseled, and held my son accountable. I can only imagine that some days, you must ask yourselves, “Why?” We are why. Each and every one of you makes a difference. Thank you for helping us to be a family again, and for helping my son become a man.”
Parent of Former Patient
“Communication with NTYA has been constant, consistent and complete. Just about every week, whether we are conducting a family phone therapy session or not, I have gotten a phone call giving me an update concerning my son’s progress. I have found them to be honest and everyone working with the same common goal. From the counselors that work with my son in every aspect of his residency at NTYA and his assigned therapist, they work together regarding the specified treatment for my son. His therapist and counselor work with me in formulating the specifics of his treatment. Whenever there are changes that are suggested concerning his treatment and/or medicine, I am contacted and advised, yet the ultimate decision is left up to me.”
Parent of Former Patient
* Data based on patients surveyed between July-December 2022.
Join Our Team
Natchez Trace Youth Academy is always looking for mental health professionals who are passionate about providing quality care to children and teens. If you want to grow your career, this could be the place for you.
Natchez Trace Youth Academy
415 Seven Hawks Lane
Waverly, TN 37185