Excelsior’s Mission

Excelsior Youth Center strengthens and educates youth and families to achieve lasting success through a continuum of innovative treatments, services and solutions.

Excelsior’s Vision

To transform communities through innovative solutions and empower every young person and family to succeed in life.

Excelsior’s Values

  1. We are committed to a core set of living values used to evaluate our successes and ensure we are providing an educational and emotional refuge for the adolescents and families we serve.
  2. We believe in the ability of our youth and their families to successfully complete their treatment and education goals.
  3. We succeed when our girls succeed.
  4. We are here to serve and develop the mind, body and spirit of our youth, families and employees.
  5. We will promote excellence in leadership, with the highest ethical and professional standards.


Excelsior’s history begins with the Catholic Order of the Good Shepherd Sisters. In 1912, the Sisters operated a home for young girls known as The Home of the Good Shepherd on South Colorado Boulevard. The Sisters and the girls did the laundry for the railroad and for several hotels. In 1968, the Sisters relocated to Aurora and built a new facility, but by 1973 they had closed down their program because they did not have the tools they needed to properly treat the girls.  The facility was acquired by community and business leaders to provide a continuum of services for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed young girls.  Today Excelsior Youth Center provides a safe and empowering environment that supports the treatment and education of young females to enhance their successful re-integration into their families and communities.