The Memphis Youth Academy residents celebrated individuals with disabilities. The residents learned that many people with disabilities are successful people. A great example of this is Nick Vujicic, who was born with no arms or legs, but he encourages people to not give up! Also, the residents and staff had an amazing time celebrating Juneteenth! The residents celebrated with a program that included African dancing, a poem written by one of the residents, and singing, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. The staff wore African colors and celebrated with a lunch, which included ham, chicken wings, fruit, pound cake, and bread pudding. It was a heartwarming celebration, while we recognized that we are truly different, but created uniquely the same.

Memphis Youth Academy is a 48-bed residential treatment center for boys ages 13 to 18 years old. The center provides a vast array of programs in categories of Counseling, Education, Clinical and Medical services. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Contact Memphis Youth Academy at 901-531-1950 or visit