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.