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.

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.”