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.   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 people.   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

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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.

Meeting with the Office of Government and Community Relations at George Mason University

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Youth Outreach Services met with Mr. Kerry Bolognese, Director, Federal Relations, with the  Office of Government and Community Relations at George Mason University to seek help, in obtaining Federal Funding to reduce recidivism.  The funding will help operate and renovate  YOS nontraditional Career Center.  One of YOS goals is to transform ex-juvenile offenders to social entrepreneurs.  As YOS move forward with the project, George Mason  University Students are coming involved through GMU Social Entrepreneurship Society as they help  YOS staff to  do community service  outreach. Tameka Casselle, YOS Grant Administrator/Manager and James Doran attended the meeting with Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of the Company. James’ goal is to obtain a Master Degree in Social Work from George Mason University. Presently, he is volunteering his hours to Youth Outreach Services as he attends the University. Here in this picture he is shown with  Mr. Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason University. Another one of YOS goals is to turn community services hours at the nontraditional career center  into employment for Ex-Juvenile Offenders .

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Reducing Recidivism Through Entrepreneurship

From the Desk of  Youth Outreach Services   CEO and Founder:  Elizabeth Charity

Antoine.Liz. Educardo.YOS 12 weeks Job Readiness Mentor Program (JRMP) Youth Outreach Services has a proven track record that rehabilitation and mentoring help create entrepreneurs through intervention, prevention, after-care and employment programs.  Implementing this program, we includes the private and public sector, the community and college students.

Facts: Research shows that the U.S. prison population has grown exponentially within the past three decades. This amounts to close to $70 billion in annual expenditures related to adult and juvenile incarceration and the supervision of individuals who have been placed on probation and parole. In addition to these staggering numbers is the fact that, close to 75 percent of this spending is occurring on the state level (Hawkins).

Statewide statistics show that, of those who reported their education level, approximately 29 percent of the incarcerated population, as of June 2012, possesses less than a 12th grade education (Statistical Analysis & Forecast Unit); while 44 percent possess a GED or high school diploma[1]. Within the Central Region of Virginia, where Youth Outreach Services resides, of those who reported their education level, approximately 24 percent of offenders possess less than a high school education; while 25 percent possess a GED or high school diploma (Statistical Analysis & Forecast Unit). Of the individuals, who fall within the Central Regions area of responsibility, 92 percent are reported to be on parole or probation.

The State of Virginia spends $12,000.00 for education (State by state, Census Bureau’s report on education finances), whereas it spends $24,667.00 for holding a prison in Virginia.  It is estimated that annual corrections cost since 2000 have increased by a least $120 million beyond that expected given the state’s population growth.  In FY 2008 Virginia taxpayers spent 7.6 percent of the state’s general funds on correction.  Virginia has only 1 in 94 adults is under community supervision compared with the national average of 1 in 45.  Combining these two statistics a high incarceration rate and a low community supervision rate-shows that 52 percent of Virginia’s adult correctional population is behind bars. Accordingly, this is the fourth highest rate in the country.  VA is spending almost 20 times more per day to manage prison inmates than to supervise offenders in the community (www.rightoncrime.com/reforms-in-action). These figures do not include those incarcerated or on probation or parole supervision for misdemeanor offenses.

Meet some of the individuals who have participated in YOS 12 week Job Readiness Mentor Program as a Mentor, College Intern, Executive Director, and a Juvenile Offender.

I met Eduardo Ostos in the Juvenile Detention Center in Prince William County, Virginia.  The prosecuting lawyer wanted to send Eduardo to the State Department of Juvenile Justice.  Eduardo’s lawyer introduced Youth Outreach Services 12 weak Job Readiness Mentor Program to the Judge. The Judge ruled in favor of Eduardo participating in YOS program. Eduardo turned his life around.  He received the Beat the Odds Award, did community service through YOS and receive a letter of achievement from the Honorable Congressman Gerald E. Connolly.

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Eddie Ostos, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, Antoine Harris, YOS Chairman of the Board.

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Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder with the Honorable Judge Paul Gluchowski, Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Court who court order Eddie to Youth Outreach Services Job Readiness Mentor Program.

 

Travis Harris and FamilyEx-Executive Director of Youth Outreach Services- Travis Harris

Travis is my son who has a passion for ministry, people, and knowledge.  Travis Harris is an high achiever and has always been energetic  about ministry and humanity.  He became Youth Outreach Services’ first Executive Director at the age of 19 years old.  At 14 years old, Travis had quite a portfolio; he helped to produce the local television program , “ Community Involvement Showcase,”  in Richmond, Virginia , where he helped host a weekly television show.  He also did radio broadcasting, where he and his friends talked about social issues which included black on black issues in the neighborhood; injustice and ministry in the community. During the summer while he was at the  University of Virginia,  Travis helped to develop the 12 week job readiness program and implemented it in Prince William Juvenile Detention Center.  He graduated from University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Religion.   He further his education with a Master Degree in Divinity from Virginia Union University and is now studying for this PhD in African America Studies at the University of William and Mary.  Including in his list of many accomplishments,   which is the most important to him is that  he is a father to his  two beautiful daughters  Grace and Faith Harris and a devoted husband to his wife Destiney Harris.

 GMU College Interns:  Raj Panth, Alan Boyce, and James Doran

Raj Panth. White HouseRaj Panth is a very ambitious young man, who has goals and dreams.  I met him at George Mason University and I was looking for someone to help implement the 12 week job readiness mentor  program during the summer of 2013. Raj Path was the candidate and we had an awesome summer where we did video production and RETV (Reality Education Television) was birth. Reality Education Television is where we take the education out of the classroom and bring it into the community.  One of the social issues we addressed was the transformation of the ex-juvenile offenders into social entrepreneurs.  Raj Path had the opportunity to create a video tape that featured Arnold Harvey, who was stabbed to death and left to die on the street, but he survived. He is now an author of the book, “Every Decision Matters,” and a Motivational Speaker.  You must read the book, it is an inspiring book.  You can see Raj Path video production on www.youtube.com  RETV.  It is called “Transformation.”  Raj Panth now works as an Intern, Chief Information Officer at Executive Office Of the President of the United States

Alan Boyce and RajRaj Panth and Alan Boyce came as a pair.  I was double blessed. Raj did the video production and Alan Boyce did the interviewing.  Alan interviewed lawyers, authors, and businessman at our Fundraising event at Columbus Grill, 8349 Centreville Rd, Manassas, Virginia.  Alan wants to be a television journalist  and Youth Outreach Services job readiness mentor program gave him the opportunity to get on the job training in that field. We submitted some of our television productions to DC50-WDCW Channel 50 Television and it was accepted to be air.  Youth Outreach Services could not afford the airing time on DC50-WDCW at that particular time.

 

 

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I met James Doran ( YOS intern and mentor) at the STAR Lab at George Mason University.  We both were studying for spring examines. He sits down next to me and I began to share with him my BIS project on Reducing Recidivism. He volunteered immediately and said this is something he wants to help me with as a summer intern with Youth Outreach Services.  James Doran is a Sociology Major and is working on his Master Degree in it with a Minor Degree in Public Policy. He wants to change some of the Public Policy laws especially those targeting  juvenile recidivism.   During his internship, he had the opportunity to meet   Prince William County Board of Supervisor John Jenkins, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William County, Delegate Michael Futrell, with Stafford and Prince William County, Senator Charles  Colgan and Richard H.Buchholz, Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT) Coordinator. He also helped  to update the objectives and goals of the 12 week job readiness mentor program and revised YOS 5 weeks assessment program.

 Moving Forward- Youth Outreach Services Introduced  the Re-entry Program to William Stephens, Regional Re-Entry Specialist -  Tameka Casselle, YOS Grant Administrator/Manager and  Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder

photo 2.JPG.Liz and William 5Youth Outreach Services had the opportunity to introduce the re-entry program to Mr. William Stephens Regional Re-Entry Specialist from the Department of Juvenile Justice.  He took time from his busy schedule to come to Prince William County and tour Youth Outreach Services Non-traditional Career center.  Renovating the facility is therapeutically training, job training, business development, entrepreneurial training, and rehabilitation for the students involved.    The Non-traditional Career Center is providing leadership, money management and career planning.  Upon completion this facility, it will be a safe-self sustainable facility that offers employment, economic growth and education for the community.  Your time and money  invested will help build value in people lives and the community and help change Virginia statistics on recidivism which I shared with you earlier in the article. I am thanking you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter and making a donation to help make it happen.  

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RETV was there to capture the moment at the Great Big Gospel Car Wash

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The Stars of the Great Big Gospel Car Wash were Giant Food, CiCi Pizza, Panera Bread, Target, George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society, the Rotary Club- Woodbridge, Virgina, and  Dawn Massages, Youth Minister Aaron with Church On the Move in Woodbridge, Virginia,  and a group of teenagers from Atlanta, Georgia with their Youth Minister, Thomas. The youth group came all the way from Atlanta Georgia to help Youth Outreach Services raise money for the renovation of the non-traditional career center. We only made a dent in the amount of money needed, but we had an awesome time reaching out in the community. Youth Outreach Services needs $150,000.00 to renovate the facility.  Of course Youth Outreach Services Dream Team was there; Chris Archie, Antoine Harris, Frank Jones, James E. Doran and his daughter Katherine, Shaneika Nelson and Elizabeth Charity.  If you believe God is putting it on your heart to give, please visit  pay pal and give a donation. We are thanking you in advance for all that you do to help create entrepreneurs for the Kingdom of God.

 

 

Youth Outreach Services Dream Team are creating entrepreneurs through empowerment, mentoring, training and apprenticeship .

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