WWASP(S) – World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (and Schools) or as it is known as today, Youth Foundation Inc, is an umbrella corporation of associated teen behavior modification programs, boot camps and therapeutic boarding schools. Created by Robert Lichfield, in partnership with Resource Realizations aka Premier Education Seminars, in the early 90’s WWASP quickly became one of the largest troubled teen industry corporations with dozens of facilities located in both the US and in countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Samoa. Because of investigations into many allegations of child abuse and unhealthy conditions at WWASP’s various facilities since 2002, over 20 WWASP affiliated programs have been shut down. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the company alleging abuse and fraud, the most notable being a joint action lawsuit on behalf of over 350 plaintiffs alleging physical and sexual child abuse as well as various acts of fraud and racketeering.
It may seem that WWASP is nearly defunct as an organization, however they are certainly not out of business. Most former WWASP schools took careful action to make it seem as though they were no longer affiliated with WWASP despite the fact that they still utlize the very same program model and continue to use referral services by WWASP affiliated marketing arms. Most programs have obfuscated ownerships, but the property titles still lead back to the owners of WWASP. Even WWASP attempted to escape it’s own reputation by changing it’s name to Teen Revitalization. Their main program component, the TASKS Seminars which operated under a separate entity named Resource Realizations also changed their name to Premier Educational Seminars.
Many former owners of closed WWASP programs still work at the open programs, like Cross Creek Manor/ Center (for boys) and Horizon Academy. Many of these staff members have a long history of abuse, sexual abuse and wrongful death allegations against them and several are named defendants in the lawsuit against WWASP. Employing these violent offenders is the reason that WWASP failed in the past, and the reason why so many of their programs were investigated for abuse and closed down before, yet they refuse to fire these people and clean up their act… Instead they only lie and cover up the truth about their past.
WWASP/WWASPS AFFILIATED PROGRAMS:
• Cross Creek Programmes, UT (Cross Creek Center for Boys and Cross Creek Manor)
• Horizon Academy, NV (Opened by former Administrator of Casa By the Sea, Jade Robinson now located on Cross Creek Property)
• Youth Foundation Inc, UT (Formerly known as Horizon Academy/ Cross Creek Programs)
• Midwest Academy, IA (Originally opened by Brian Viafanua, former Director of Paradise Cove)
• New Beginnings Maternity Home, Utah
• Pine View Christian Academy (Borders FL, AL, MS)
• Reality Trek, UT
• Canyon View Park, MT
• Ashcreek Ranch Academy UT (Located on the former Lichfield estate)
• RiverView Academy, MT
Known Marketing Arms of WWASP
• Teen Revitalization (Believed to promote and market WWASP/WWASPS/Robert Lichfield-affiliated programs)
• Help My Teen, UT (Believed to promote and market WWASP/WWASPS/Robert Lichfield-affiliated programs)
• Lifelines Family Services, UT (Believed to promote and market WWASP/WWASPS/Robert Lichfield-affiliated programs)
• Teens In Crisis, LLC (Believed to promote and market WWASP/WWASPS/Robert Lichfield-affiliated programs)
• Teen Help, LLC (Believed to promote and market WWASP/WWASPS/Robert Lichfield-affiliated programs)
The Following WWASP Facilities Have Been Closed:
• Horizon Academy, NV – Closed after CPS investigation/ Moved to Cross Creek property in La Verkin Utah
• RiverView Camp, UT – Only opened for a few months
• Sky View Academy, NV – After investigation into sexual abuse
• Tranquility Bay, Jamaica
• Darrington Academy, GA – After investigation into the assault of a student by the school’s director Rich Darrington
• Majestic Ranch, UT
• Spring Creek Lodge, MT – Complaint filed by MT Department of Human Services citing child abuse and neglect, Wrongful death lawsuit
• Camas Ranch, MT – Spin-off of Spring Creek Lodge on same property
• Carolina Springs Academy, SC – After investigations into child endangerment and sexual abuse were reported by SCDHS
• High Impact, Mexico – closed on the heels of an investigation into abuse
• Casa by the Sea – Raided and closed, officially for unlicensed use of a pharmacy and evidence of child endangerment.
• Dundee Ranch Adademy, Costa Rica – raided and closed on May 22, 2003 after authorities confirmed child abuse
• Academy of Ivy Ridge, NY (Recently withdrew their affiliation with WWASPS)
• Bethel Girls Academy, Mississippi
• Eagle Point Christian Academy; Mississippi – (fka Bethel Boys Academy)
• Brightway Hospital, Utah – closed by authorities in 2002 for providing inadequate care and abuse of teenagers
• Morava Academy, Czech Republic – closed in 1998 after authorities confirmed abuse and arrested the directors Glenda (aka Glenn) and Steve Roach
• Sunrise Beach, Cancun Mexico – closed in 1996 after authorities alleged abuse Glenda (aka Glenn) and Steve Roach were directors.
• Paradise Cove, Samoa – closed on the heels of an investigation into abuse
• Red River Academy, LA (Borders TX)
• Royal Gorge Academy, previously Royal Peak Academy, CO (It is believed that Randall Hinton – who admitted using pepper spray on teens – is employed at this facility)
• Pillars of Hope, Costa Rica (it is believed the program was set up for 18-22 year olds and that a new program has opened in Costa Rica for pre-teens and teens)
• Teen Mentor, Costa Rica – Closed by the Child Welfare Office (PANI) after investigations into reports of child abuse.