An Editorial from the CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services

"Elizabeth Charity.  Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University"

“Elizabeth Charity. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University”

“Richmond bottomed out in 1994: one city councilman went off to rehab for his heroin problem and another was in hot water for not paying utilities and renting out condemned property, enrollment at VCU dropped, the city recorded the nation’s 19th largest population decline since 1980, Richmond made the wrong end of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live list, and by the end of the year had tallied a record 161 homicides. With recent years showing the lowest body counts since 1961, the city’s population back up over 200,000, and VCU having greatly expanded, it is difficult to imagine that mid-1990s Richmond was ever real.”  (chpn.net/news/2010/08/15/Richmond-1994_147837″Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services

             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.

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Prince William County Human Rights Commission

Martin Nohe, Board of County Supervisor, Coles District. He is with his wife, Chris and there children; Jack, Nicholson, Teddy and Rachel

Martin Nohe, Board of County Supervisor, Coles District. He is with his wife, Chris and there children; Jack, Nicholson, Teddy and Rachel

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

Maureen S. Caddigan, Vice-President of Board of County Supervisor, Potomac Magisterial District and Elizabeth Charity

Maureen S. Caddigan, Vice-President of Board of County Supervisor, Potomac Magisterial District and Elizabeth Charity

Cynthia Brown (in the middle) Carmen Wilson and David Horden III, Liz Charity

Cynthia Brown (in the middle) Carmen Wilson and David Horden III, Liz Charity

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.

Benefits and Investments: Cheaper to Educate than to Incarcerate

Eugene Brown, Director of Youth Outreach Services Community Outreach, DeMaine Jones, Personal Banker, SunTrust, Speaker of the House Bill Howell, Policy Director Virginia Reform Initiative , Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder Youth Outreach Services, James Doran- George Mason University Intern, Social Worker/Policy Maker

Eugene Brown, Director of Youth Outreach Services Community Outreach, DeMaine Jones, Personal Banker, SunTrust, Speaker of the House Bill Howell, Policy Director Virginia Reform Initiative , Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder Youth Outreach Services, James Doran- George Mason University Intern, Social Worker/Policy Maker

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.

 

DeMaine Jones, Ryan M. Galloway, Legislature Assistance, Delegate Richard L. Anderson,  Committee Chair: Science and Technology, Elizabeth Charity, James Doran, Eugene Brown

DeMaine Jones, Personal Banker,  Ryan M. Galloway, Legislature Assistance, Delegate Richard L. Anderson, Committee Chair: Science and Technology, Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services, James Doran ,GMU Intern, and  Eugene Brown , Community Director of Youth Outreach Services.

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:

  1. 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.
  2.  Proven Statistics: The college students will provide method and analysis  research case studies  to prove that education is cheaper than incarceration.
  3. Developing Small businesses and Jobs therefore creating economic growth within the county.
  4. Impacting the Youth to become gainful employed and business owners.
  5. 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.

To all of YOS viewers, bloggers, and patrons, thank you so much for a successful year-2014 in review

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Christmas Sponsorship Campaign For Teens

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.

Holiday Special

Holiday Special

Methods of Analysis and Evidence Case Study

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.

Rehabilitation and Employment with Youth Outreach Services Verses Incarceration

William Stephens, Regional Re-entry Specialist -Department of Juvenile Justice, Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder Youth Outreach Services and Michael Dawkins, George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society President

William Stephens, Regional Re-Entry Specialist -Department of Juvenile Justice, Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder Youth Outreach Services and Michael Dawkins, George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society President

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.

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Special Speakers for Healing Our Communities Forum

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.

Healing Our Communities Forum

You are Cordially Invited to a Healing Our Communities Forum Panel

Tameka Casselle, Youth Outreach Services Grant Writer/Manager, Julia M. Angelotti, Legislative Assistant,  Kerry Bolognese, Director, Federal Relations Office of Government and Community Relations

Tameka Casselle, Youth Outreach Services Grant Writer/Manager, Julia M. Angelotti, Legislative Assistant, Kerry Bolognese, Director, Federal Relations Office of Government and Community Relations and Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services

Youth Outreach Services met with Congressman Rob Wittman’s Legislative Assistance, Julia M. Angelotti, on September 30, 2014 at the Washington, DC office. She was introduced to Youth Outreach Services strategy plan for reducing recidivism through employment and rehabilitation.

Youth Outreach Services has a History of Helping At-risk youth. Over the past 22 years, Youth Outreach Services has provided services to over 2,000 youth with a 86% of clients not re-entering into the Juvenile Detention Center.

Youth Outreach Services is inviting County Agencies, public and private sectors; churches and college students to help renovate a house into a safe self-sustainable community facility.  It will be a non-traditional career center with small business development where at-risk teens, juveniles and the homeless will have the opportunity to obtain job training and reenter into the workforce.

This innovative, community based program aims to help at-risk teens, ex-juvenile offenders, and young adults to break the cycle of recidivism by imparting the skills and knowledge they need to become entrepreneurs, leaders and productive citizens.

Youth Outreach Services provides a valuable framework of stability to trouble youth in Northern Virginia, as well as in other regional localities.  This organization engages youth whom might otherwise be prone to recidivism and gives them a chance to rehabilitate themselves through entrepreneurial training and exercises.  The results are healing communities, economic growth, and tax paying citizens.

The kick-off for the community connection   is October 25, 2014 on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University from 2:00 pm -4:00 pm.  Your organization or company is cordially invited to set up a Kiosk and bring your students, mentor /clients to come and listen to college students, community and business leaders and policymakers to speak on the “Healing our Communities Forum.”

This event will be taped by GMU Students to air on RETV (Reality Education Television YouTube Channel), local television networks; Cox and Comcast.  Potomac News Local  and Washington Post have been invited to come and do a cover-story on the “Healing Our Communities Forum.”

Job Corps and Youth Outreach Services Meets to Discuss Partnership

Job Corp 7 photo 3. Job Corp. Liz and Christina

Youth Outreach Services and Job Corps are discussing the possibility of partnering together to help provide job training and apprenticeship to at-risk teens ( 16 years to 24 years old) at the nontraditional career center located in Prince William County in Woodbridge, Virginia. Christina Letellier, Admissions Counselor, met with Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services to share what the Virginia Job Corps does to help students to enter into the workforce. You can learn more about the Job Corp by visiting their website at http://www.jobcorps.gov.