Youth Outreach Services has been in existence since 1989 and became incorporated in 1992. It was started with Elizabeth Charity who was an unemployed mother with two teenage sons. She didn’t wanted her sons to become a part of the Education Pipeline to Jail. Over the years she has raised over $400,000.00 to help at-risk teenagers to find jobs through the 12 week job readiness mentor program. She has had the support of Governors, Senators, Congressmen, Delegates, Churches, Universities, Corporations, Businesses, Concern Parents, and College Students. Now, She is asking the community to make a connections to open up an Office in Woodbridge, Virginia which can create 150 jobs in the next year. Your donations will help provide a better quality of life for the college students and their mentors, and build a facility with incubator businesses which will bring economic growth to Prince William County, Northern Virginia and Richmond, Virginia. Join others who has already given to change lives and bring about positive social changes.
Students from Virginia Commonwealth University – Modern Swing Quartet
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In 1994, Richmond rated third in the Nations for homicide and being a single mother with two black sons, I didn’t want my sons to be one of the statistic, therefore, I developed and implemented a nonprofit 501c3 organization, Youth Outreach Services. In 1994, the organization was approved for a grant to start a Job Training Program by the former Governor George Allen and he used it as the Virginia Initial Welfare to work program in 1995.
Now, twenty (20) years later, I am graduating from George Mason University with a BIS (Bachelor of Individualized Study) degree with a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship that is transforming the juvenile offenders into social entrepreneurs. To research the effectiveness of programs geared towards rehabilitation and providing employment to juvenile offenders necessary to reduce recidivism in which the students will draw on the disciplines of psychology, criminology, business, communication, sociology, and the contributions of various academic disciplines.
The results of getting a degree in Social Entrepreneurship – Reducing recidivism are as following:
- Ex-juvenile Offenders receives mentoring and financial support to help reduce recidivism from the businesses that participate in the mentoring program and receive positive publicity through Reality Education Television. RETV is taking the education out of the classroom and bringing it into the community. Reality Education Television is a partnership with George Mason’s Social Entrepreneurship Society (SES). This student-led organization, works in the community, to help reduce juvenile delinquency by providing juvenile justice.
- RETV is created by Youth Corporation Inc. (Business factor) it is also owned and operated by the Social Entrepreneur and the Business Community. Your business can turn Social Capital into Social Change.
- Employment & Rehabilitation can reduce recidivism and save the communities precious resources
- Develop and implement a non-traditional Career Center for Business &Job Development.
- Submit Research Analysis results to Policy makers in Congress and General Assembly to provide more funding for education instead of incarceration.
Prince William County Commissioner Eugene Brown ( picture not shown here), who is also Youth Outreach Services ‘ Director of Community Outreach, was at the traditionally Prince William County Human Rights Commission celebration. This year the Prince William County Human Rights Commission awardee 5 individuals who by their actions express and promote the principles of Human Rights. Commissioner Eugene Brown introduced Eleana Boyer. She works with person with disabilities since 1978. She has worked with various agencies providing services for the disabled; transitions students with disabilities from school to employment. Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services attended the event along with some of Prince William County Board of Supervisors . On December 10, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly declared Universal Human Rights Day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has served as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in many parts of the world. It was their 50th Anniversary. It was at the McCoart Building Atrium & Board Chambers, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Cynthia Brown, received a Human Right award for her work with “World of Difference,” program at Hylton High School. Here she is shown with two of her students who are in he program ( Carmen Wilson and David Harden III). She raised $10,000.00 to benefit a student who had suffered a debilitating injury.
The State is putting in a Budget Amendment for Youth Outreach Services’ program “Reducing Recidivism.” This is the result from meeting with Senator Colgan, Delegate Michael Futrell, and Delegate Lingamfelter in August, 2014. The Speaker of the House Delegate Bill Howell, Policy Director Virginia Reform Initiative gave Youth Outreach Services the opportunity to share its’ proposal for reducing recidivism through education, employment and rehabilitation (Transforming the ex-juvenile offender into an entrepreneur). It is an inclusive package with communities’ involvement, education and community services through the universities. If the budget amendment is approved, George Mason University will administrate the grant.
Due to the cuts in the State Budget, Youth Outreach Services is including the corporations and small businesses through the Chamber of Commerce to help with funding. The business owners will match the state budget with mentoring and financial support. We believe this is a win- win situation for everyone who becomes involved and it can become a model for other states to follow. The end results are as following:
- Building Infrastructures: The students and businesses will renovate an old house into a non-tradition career center in Prince William County and the college students, professionals, and their mentors will build a Social Entrepreneur Business Mentoring Center on the 3 acres of property, located at 4291 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, Virginia.
- Proven Statistics: The college students will provide method and analysis research case studies to prove that education is cheaper than incarceration.
- Developing Small businesses and Jobs therefore creating economic growth within the county.
- Impacting the Youth to become gainful employed and business owners.
- Providing an education and career path for all interested youth (14 years old- 24years old) who wants to become involved in social entrepreneurship and vocational training.
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Christmas Campaign Social Entrepreneur Sponsorship Package- $1,130.00
The Social Entrepreneur Sponsorship Package for the Boys and Girls Club and Youth Outreach Services will help provide Boys and Girls Club membership to teens, including Career Launch Program, Money- Matters Program, Job Training, and Community Services Programs which will help feed the homeless, provide employment and help build a safe, self-sustainable community. For the Social Entrepreneur sponsorship package, please call Elizabeth Charity at 571-314-7503 or give a donation online.
To Market or Brand your Social changes in the community you can purchase a 30 second commercial on RETV (Reality Education Television) starting at $150.00 and up. RETV airs on local television stations and international on http://www.youtube.com. For more information on branding and marketing your social change on RETV, please call Eugene Brown at 703-398-7229.
Youth Outreach Services is doing a Methods of Analysis and Evidence Case Study to find out in what ways and to what degree does rehabilitation and employment for the juvenile offenders reduce recidivism. Youth Outreach Services invited community leaders, politicians, educators, business leaders, and George Mason University students to our first Healing Our Community Panel to help discuss ways that they could connect with Youth Outreach Services to provide resources, partnership and help to implement the 12 week job readiness mentor program. The 12 week job readiness mentor program helps ex-juvenile offenders, at-risk teens, homeless teens and unemployed individuals to become employable and re-enter to the workforce. On the panel, representing education and cross- culture was Dr. Mik’il Petin, Associate Director of African and African American Studies at George Mason University, Black cultural production, African Diasporicity, race visual culture, American Cinema and television, media representations of masculinity, and Islam and Muslims in U.S. popular culture.
Another spokesperson on the panel representing the community was Chernoh M. Wurie Ph.D., the author of “Impact a Compilation of positive police encounters and influences on individuals.” He is also a Professor in the Criminal Justice Department of George Mason University on the Prince William Campus. He works full-time for the Prince William County Police Department as a police officer/crime scene technician/police planner. He lives in Prince William County. Representation from the political arena was Delegate Michael Futrell. He is a member of the Virginia House of Delegate. He is an American politician from Virginia. He has been a member since 2014. He serves part of Prince William County and Stafford County. Michael Futrell and his wife, Bernadine Futrell, Ph.D. founded, “Make the Future,” a nonprofit organization which provides underprivileged and at-risk youth here in our community programs and activities to develop leadership and personal responsibility. He is Vice-Chair of the Prince William County Election Task Force and a member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Woodbridge, VA.
Antoine Harris, Youth Outreach Services’ Chairman of the Board, represented YOS 12 week job readiness mentor program. He is presently working at the Town of Dumfries as their Cares Program Assistant at Dumfries Cares Mentoring Program. Antoine Harris has a Master Degree in Public Administration from Strayer University and a Bachelor degree in Health and Fitness Resources Management from George Mason University. William Stephens is with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice as a Regional Re-entry Specialist spoke on the necessity of the program for re-entry. Included on the panel was Christina Letellier, Admission Counselor, with Virginia Job Corps Outreach, and Admission and Career Transition Services. Our last but not least person on the panel was Eugene Brown, who represents other non –profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the community as a whole.
Businesses sponsorships were Target Stores, Chick Fil A, Olivia Gardens, Red-Lobster, and Wal-Mart. Other businesses represented were Zurvita and Western Federal Credit Union. The community connection will help create a self-sustainable safe community to provide over 1500 jobs or more within the next 5 years and it will help provide income to an elderly couple who financed the sales of the property to YOS. They have health problems and needs the finances for medical bills. George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society and the professionals on the “Healing Our Community panel” will provide love, hope, patience, mentoring, guidance, business and entrepreneurship skills to those in need of employment.
This is the true spirit of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. Officers of George Mason Social Entrepreneurship Society (SES) are Jamal Sealey ,Treasurer; Michael Dawkins,President ; Taylor Lincoln, Vice-President, Ron Lapitan, Public Relations, Jasmyn Jordan, Acting Secretary, and Elizabeth Charity, Chairperson, GMU SES students addressing the social problems in this project will provide a threefold blessing to Prince William County community; it provides jobs to the disadvantaged, develop 3 acres of prime property into a beautiful self-sustainable community, and provide economic growth to the area.
When the Social Entrepreneurship Business Mentor Center –Office-Complex and Administration Job Center is completely established and in operations, it will bring in millions of dollars to the job industry in Prince William County. If you would like to become a part of this worth-while community project by providing professionals and community services, mentoring, donations and other acts of love and kindness during this Holiday seasons; please let us know. You may contact me (Elizabeth Charity) at 571-314-7503 or give your donations online at http://www.yciyos.org. A donation of $1, 130.00 will provide 12 weeks of job readiness mentoring program and a membership to the Boys and Girls Club for a year. Our goal is to sponsor 25 students from local Juvenile Detention Centers in surrounding counties by December 31, 2014. Thanking you in advance for your sponsorship and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as you help bring about positive social changes in the lives of many hurting youth. Love –you Liz Charity.
This is the result of the Healing our Community Forum. Everyone who came was all on one accord; providing a formula to help develop and implement more educational and employment opportunities instead of giving incarceration to our youth and young adults. We had representatives in the following areas; businesses, county and state agencies, community leaders, politicians and educators. – Youth Outreach Services is partnering with George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society, Job Corps, Target, and the State Department of Juvenile Justice to help reduce recidivism. The college students will help implement a 12 week job readiness mentoring program, they will do surveys, research data and give the results to policymakers; hoping that the state will use the information gathered to provide more funding toward education, employment, and rehabilitation instead of incarceration. We will have another Healing Our Community Forum as a follow-up to share the results of the student’s research in April, 2015 at George Mason University on the Prince William Campus.
Here are some of the highlights of Healing Our Communities Forum : Target will have a table to pass out refreshments and have individuals to sign up for seasonal jobs. Janice Yohai will pass out literature to assist individuals to restore voting rights. And Much Much Much More. Come and be a part of the movement ….. Healing Our Communities.