Youth Villages honors late local philanthropist Mike Rose

In an April 2 ceremony, the Girls Center for Intensive Residential Treatment on the Youth Villages Bartlett Campus was renamed the Rose Center for Girls in honor of the late local businessman and philanthropist Mike Rose.

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Rose spent a great deal of his time in Memphis. He served as CEO of Holiday Inn Corporation during a portion of his career and was active in a number of philanthropic initiatives, serving on boards of directors, committees and other activities. He served on the national board of directors for Youth Villages from 2012 until his death in 2017, providing support and advisement during one of the organization’s busiest times of growth.

The newly named facility provides a safe space for girls who suffer from the most serious emotional and behavioral problems. The center provides treatment such as comprehensive child and family evaluation; 24-hour nursing care; and group, individual and family therapy with master-level counselors and licensed mental health professionals.

“Mr. Rose’s vision, passion and leadership is an inspiration,” said Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages. “It is so very fitting that we should continue to honor him with the naming of this building.”

The ceremony included remarks from the Rose family, Lawler and other Youth Villages representatives.

Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health, helping tens of thousands of children, families and young people across the U.S. this year. The organization offers a continuum of evidence- and research-based programs, including residential treatment, foster care, adoption, crisis services and its two national models: YVIntercept, which offers intensive in-home services, and YVLifeSetTM, which gives former foster youth a good start on successful adulthood.

The organization has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. Learn more at