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.
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