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.