Father’s Day Events & Activities

Father's Day Flyer

Father’s Day, Fun Day!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and we want to help you celebrate! Fathers, come out and join us on Saturday, June 14th to bond with your children. There will be food, special speakers, fun activities and a car wash! We only ask for a cash donation to participate. The fun starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. We hope to see you at the Youth Outreach Services’ Nontraditional Career Center, 4291 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192. Continue reading

Research into Recidivism

James Doran, Elizabeth Charity, Delegate Lingamfelter and His Assistant (from l to r)

James Doran, Elizabeth Charity, Delegate Lingamfelter and His Assistant (from l to r)

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. Continue reading

Girl Talk- The Power of Forgiveness and Prayer

“Girl Talk” – A Mother’s Day Special is about a group of women talking about the hurts and wounds in their lives. On that eventful night in the beauty salon, An Added Touch located at 1380 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192, owned and operated by Kim Hunter, women poured out their hearts about forgiveness. One of the women on the panel was Kanoee Reynolds, founder of Empowering Women’s Chat and Chew, a ministry based in Maryland.  Another powerful woman on the panel was Tanya Lewis. Her ministry is called  Anointed 2 Laugh, she is a Christian Comedienne. Other women included on the panel were Monica Austin-Cox,  Donna Spencer,  Katrina Yancey,  Lydia Graham,  Teresa Edelen, Elizabeth Charity and LaTanya Lewis.  Women were represented from all walks of life – veterans, singles, single mothers, divorcees and widows.

Also featuring in the video are men from Church on the Move, located in Woodbridge, Virginia, who were honored women for Mother’s Day.  The men serenaded the mother’s with a song  called “Prayer.” It all fit together so well – prayer and forgiveness. We would like to bring “Girl Talk” to your town and talk about healing and bridging the gap between men and women, through the power of prayer and forgiveness.

Please share your experiences on the power of forgiveness and prayer in your relationships in the comments below. There will be a “Men’s Talk” hosted by Antoine Harris on June 14th, in Woodbridge, Virginia. Contact us to find out how you may participate. MEN ONLY.  This Mother’s Day episode will air on Channel 10 in Fairfax on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm and Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm and Wednesday, May 14,  at 12:00 am. It will also air on Channel 98 in Stafford and Spotsylvania on May 8, 2014, and in Prince William , Virginia at 7:30 pm on Channel 2.

Fight Social Injustice

The  George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society invited Artist and Musicians to come and help them fight the social injustice against our teenagers who have made a mistake with the law.  Did you know that there are more than 2.3 million non-violent offenders who are incarcerated. The state is spending more money on incarceration than education. For some minor offences our teenagers are  incarcerated  for life with no parole.  We need to get to the root of the cause of the offence and address that need instead of putting them in juvenile detention center and not giving treatment for the cause. Do you think this is the right thing to do? Please view the video and share how you can help to bring a change to this social injustice. What is your answer? We want to hear from you in the comment section.

The GMU SES students are helping Youth Outreach Services to research the question , “To what degree does employment and rehabilitation reduce recidivism”, through an internship to teach the  12 week job readiness mentor program this summer.  The students are willing to mentor 25 ex-juvenile offenders and help them receive employment at the  Non-traditional Career Center.  They will come a part of the healing process by helping to renovate the facility, working at the businesses in the facility and  recording data to share their findings with policymakers and legislatures to help stop locking up our youth and  start educating them.

Please share your comments.

GMU Music & Art Festival Recap

We had such an awesome time at the Music & Art Festival, hosted by the George Mason University (GMU) Social Entrepreneurship Society on Monday, April 28th from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

(from l to r) President of GMU, Elizabeth Charity, Jon Arledge (SES member)

(from l to r) President of GMU, Elizabeth Charity, Jon Arledge (SES member)

The first half of the festival, featured art displays by Safe Streets Arts Foundation and informational displays by student body organizations from George Mason, such as the GMU Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). We were so honored to have the President of George Mason University stop by to learn about the Festival and pose for a photo opportunity with our CEO and Founder Elizabeth Charity. Some our attendees danced while DJ Rush Hour played current and past hits.

During the second half of the festival, the audience enjoyed musical performances by; Dennis Sobin – of Safe Streets Arts – on classical guitar, as well as 3 GMU students who shared their musical talents. Of course, this event was taped and will be aired on local public access television within the Greater Metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia and on Mrs. Charity’s RETV YouTube Channel, so you will have to stay tuned for those episodes to come.

Everyone also enjoyed a few scenes from the upcoming sitcom, to be aired on Christian Women’s Network TV, “Love Gone Crazy”. The playwright and CEO, Rosie Rogers, describes “Love Gone Crazy” as a show which discovers the process that a woman goes through while losing love and finding it again. The show is scheduled to debut this fall, be sure to tune in to check it out.

Love Gone Crazy with Liz 2

We would like to extend a warm welcome the Honorable Jane Delbridge to the YOS team. Mrs. Delbridge is a retired judge from the Fairfax Juvenile Court System. We look forward to the valuable input and expertise that you bring to the table which will assist YOS in meeting its goals. We would also like to thank you, and everyone, for coming out to the event.

RETV Dennis Sobin, Safe Streets Arts Foundation

Elizabeth Charity interviews Dennis Sobin, the Director of Safe Streets Arts Foundation and a Classical and jazz guitarist. He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Safe Streets Arts Foundation and Youth Outreach Services are partnering to provide a Music and Art Show at George Mason University on the Fairfax Campus on April 28, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. This is a Benefit Fundraiser to help raise money for scholarships for GMU Social Entrepreneurship Society’s members and for job training and job placement for ex-juvenile offenders and the homeless population.

This video was created and produced by George Mason Students . Special thanks goes to GMU students (Wassim and Trevor) at the Star-Lab, Taylor Brown for the editing and Indya Williams for the filming. Love you guys. You are awesome as you help me birth the George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society- bringing about social changes in the community.

Coffee, Donuts, Car Wash! Crown Jewel Detailers Kickoff

Crown Jewel Detailers Logo

This past Friday and Saturday, Youth Outreach Services held a kickoff event for the opening of the auto detailing shop. Even though we are in the process of renovating our facility, the auto detailing shop can operate because they utilize products which require no water in order to cleanse the vehicles. The Department Manager, Odell Smith, named the shop Crown Jewel Detailers. We were happy to have a graduate of our 12 Week Job Readiness Mentor Program, Eddie, on site to work with Odell and another volunteer, Ryan, in detailing the vehicles. Continue reading

George Mason University Art & Music Festival

Youth Outreach Services has partnered with the Social Entrepreneurship Society of George Mason University, for social changes within our community. The Social Entrepreneurship Society was formed in October 2013 for student entrepreneurs or aspiring student entrepreneurs with the sole purpose of encouraging social entrepreneurship.

We are so excited about this upcoming event at Dewberry Hall on the George Mason University campus! Mark our calendars and come out and support us on Monday, April 28th from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for the general public and $5 for students with a valid student ID. We invite you to download and share the flyer and contact any of the persons listed for more information, tickets or to discover how you may become a vendor or a featured act or artist. Continue reading

RETV Sinners Anonymous

In this episode of RETV, host Elizabeth Charity interviews Charles Price II, creator of a new ground-breaking web series called “Sinners Anonymous”. Charles shares how he came up with the idea and what the premise of the show is. Elizabeth and Charles explain what it means to approach the Lord in “spirit and in truth”. We were excited to get an opportunity to speak with him to learn more about his web series and how he is striving to reach out to the youth, where they are. Be sure to watch to the end of the video for a trailer of “Sinners Anonymous”. Continue reading

Calling All Ladies! Girl Talk Discussion Forum

We are so excited (when are we not excited, right?) to announce our latest event! LADIES, we want you to try your best to make it out to our discussion forum called Girl Talk. The topic of our forum is Wounded Hearts: Healing Our Wounds.

A panel of women will be discussing many common issues among women today – such as; interpersonal relationships, forgiveness, parenting (single or otherwise), love, self-esteem and more. But, this will not be just a bunch of women talking, we hope to see some real solutions to some real problems. We will use God’s Word to provide the deliverance and healing of the wounds. Continue reading