This summer, Youth Outreach Services is implementing a job readiness mentor program to help the ex-offenders to become employable and business owners. Youth Outreach Services is reaching out to college students to help research, develop and implement the job readiness mentor program and have it documented through George Mason University BIS (Bachelor of Individualized Studies ) specializing in transforming the ex-juvenile offender into a social entrepreneur.
GMU Social Entrepreneurs will use YOS market-driven business model to address the social issues of rehabilitation and employment of ex-juvenile offenders. The question we will research is “To what degree does rehabilitation and employment reduce recidivism for juvenile offenders?”
We will provide employment through 6 incubator businesses within the nontraditional career center. The businesses are operated by professional business owners. To provide the rehabilitation, YOS has a social worker intern and a psychologist that will provide counseling services to the students who are participating in Youth Outreach Services’ 12 week job readiness mentor program.