Using Art and Music as a Component in Healing

George Mason University allowed Youth Outreach Services to use the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (Department of Criminology, Law and Society) as a lab to assist in the research  study of the job readiness mentor program. This program  helps mentor  those who are challenged with social injustice and exiting the criminal  system.   It also provides  social, interpersonal and employment skills.  Youth Outreach Services partnered with political leader Senator  Jeremy McPike, various  businesses and the legal system to address the effectiveness of rehabilitating and providing employment to juvenile offenders  to reduce and eventually eliminate  recidivism .

Michael C. May was one of our special quest speaker on  establishing healthy relationships  when dealing with authority (

Another special speaker was  Ms. Anne Sullivan, President of a woman-owned government relations business which specializes in the small business and entrepreneurial sector with offices in Washington, DC. and Virginia (
Our last session was on using  art and music as therapeutic healing.  Our special speaker was Ms. Kathleen  Miller, a biology professor at Strayer University , but her true passion  is art and music that brings forth transformation in people’s lives. She had he students undivided attention. Kahleen Miller Art Collections Kathleen Miller. Art Show
This class was the last of a five-week training session for college students to enter the juvenile detention centers to teach the full five-week program.
Students who played a major role in accomplishing this five-week program were as follows:  Marco Padilla Caceres who is a senior pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, was one of the students who attended the class. He said, “This class is a leadership class,” and he sees himself as a leader who can use his degree to help redesign the  way that juveniles think about themselves.  Samantha Singh, who is a law student and wants to help conduct surveys, gather data, research, and keep count of how many juveniles and young adults who participated  in the job readiness mentor program return to recidivism and how many will further their education, own business, and /or become employed.  Shonari James, is a  freshman at George Mason University who is majoring in public relations communications and minoring in business.  She is our video technician who takes education out of the class room and into the community through Reality Education Television (RETV).   Other students, whose pictures are not shown, are Phebe Ciemny who majors in Create writing,  Deshane Jones who majors in filming, and  Oladipo Victor Bashorun who is also a civic engineer student.  Stay tuned until next time as we bring forth transformation, healing and social changes.
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Give to Lead, Invent, and Venture Express Change- Live Change


Business Social innovation is what our college students are doing to raise money to purchase property, design a building and build a non-traditional career center to create jobs and to help stop the education pipeline to jail in Virginia . Please review the video and help lead, invent, and venture to express change and live. Maybe you don’t have the time to mentor now, you don’t have the expertise in counseling, but you can give………

To help students in colleges across the state (  George Mason University, College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, and  Howard University)  to become counselors and mentors . You can give on this website  or   you can give at

Our Teens are crying for Help  and they need the help, please read the article

Review the video and find out how universities and businesses are coming together to help make it happen .  Please hit the donation button below .  No amount is too small.  Thanks for helping us to LIVE.


Live Change

GMU Students Job readiness ProgramAlexander Powell, majoring in psychology,  is one of George Mason University students who attended Youth Outreach Services , ” Stop the Education Pipeline to Jail.”   He wants to mentor and implement the job readiness mentor/ personal development program to Youth Outreach Services clients.  Also in attendance were Samantha Singh, Phebe Ciemny , both from George Mason University and Kwasi Brobbey from Northern Virginia Community College. From the workshops, they created a  slogan describing  of how to stop the education pipeline to jail. It was Live Change, which means; lead, invent, venture , express change. They  are researching the statistics of recidivism  and helping to design the job readiness mentor program.  George Mason University Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, as an expert in correctional program, will work closely with the program to integrate evidence-based practices and treatments.  George Mason University Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence provided $100,000.00 in kind support for guidance in evidence-based programming, quality assurance for program components and evaluation support. This is based on the contributions of Dr. Faye S. Taxman and her team of researchers. Samantha Singh  who major is in disciplinary studies , with a concentration in Law  is one of the students who will research the evidence-based practices and treatments. Phebe Ciemny, is the social media who will help report the research results to the local court system.  Kwasi Brobbery is majoring in business, who is helping to recruit businesses to come  and provide workshops to be air on Reality Education Television (RETV) for positive publicity   and be a part of the small business incubators in the non-traditional career center.   The students will  work with professionals to help design and build the non-traditional career center . The students have an opportunity to do a presentation on this project  at the State Department of Juvenile Justice on January 11, 2016 at 9:30 am, Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street -12th Floor Conference Room North, Richmond, VA 23219.

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Creating the Poster  for  Youth Outreach Services Program – Reducing Recidivism by Live Change.

Break the Education Pipeline to Jail/Silent Auction- Social Jazz

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Students from Virginia Commonwealth University – Modern Swing Quartet

Join College Students from around the state: speaking out on the Education Pipeline to Jail- Help

provide funding  to educate instead of incarcerate:


An Editorial from the CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services

"Elizabeth Charity.  Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University"

“Elizabeth Charity. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University”

“Richmond bottomed out in 1994: one city councilman went off to rehab for his heroin problem and another was in hot water for not paying utilities and renting out condemned property, enrollment at VCU dropped, the city recorded the nation’s 19th largest population decline since 1980, Richmond made the wrong end of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live list, and by the end of the year had tallied a record 161 homicides. With recent years showing the lowest body counts since 1961, the city’s population back up over 200,000, and VCU having greatly expanded, it is difficult to imagine that mid-1990s Richmond was ever real.”  (″Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services

             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.

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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

Job Corps and Youth Outreach Services Meets to Discuss Partnership

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Youth Outreach Services and Job Corps are discussing the possibility of partnering together to help provide job training and apprenticeship to at-risk teens ( 16 years to 24 years old) at the nontraditional career center located in Prince William County in Woodbridge, Virginia. Christina Letellier, Admissions Counselor, met with Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services to share what the Virginia Job Corps does to help students to enter into the workforce. You can learn more about the Job Corp by visiting their website at

Reducing Recidivism Through Entrepreneurship

From the Desk of  Youth Outreach Services   CEO and Founder:  Elizabeth Charity

Antoine.Liz. Educardo.YOS 12 weeks Job Readiness Mentor Program (JRMP) Youth Outreach Services has a proven track record that rehabilitation and mentoring help create entrepreneurs through intervention, prevention, after-care and employment programs.  Implementing this program, we includes the private and public sector, the community and college students.

Facts: Research shows that the U.S. prison population has grown exponentially within the past three decades. This amounts to close to $70 billion in annual expenditures related to adult and juvenile incarceration and the supervision of individuals who have been placed on probation and parole. In addition to these staggering numbers is the fact that, close to 75 percent of this spending is occurring on the state level (Hawkins).

Statewide statistics show that, of those who reported their education level, approximately 29 percent of the incarcerated population, as of June 2012, possesses less than a 12th grade education (Statistical Analysis & Forecast Unit); while 44 percent possess a GED or high school diploma[1]. Within the Central Region of Virginia, where Youth Outreach Services resides, of those who reported their education level, approximately 24 percent of offenders possess less than a high school education; while 25 percent possess a GED or high school diploma (Statistical Analysis & Forecast Unit). Of the individuals, who fall within the Central Regions area of responsibility, 92 percent are reported to be on parole or probation.

The State of Virginia spends $12,000.00 for education (State by state, Census Bureau’s report on education finances), whereas it spends $24,667.00 for holding a prison in Virginia.  It is estimated that annual corrections cost since 2000 have increased by a least $120 million beyond that expected given the state’s population growth.  In FY 2008 Virginia taxpayers spent 7.6 percent of the state’s general funds on correction.  Virginia has only 1 in 94 adults is under community supervision compared with the national average of 1 in 45.  Combining these two statistics a high incarceration rate and a low community supervision rate-shows that 52 percent of Virginia’s adult correctional population is behind bars. Accordingly, this is the fourth highest rate in the country.  VA is spending almost 20 times more per day to manage prison inmates than to supervise offenders in the community ( These figures do not include those incarcerated or on probation or parole supervision for misdemeanor offenses.

Meet some of the individuals who have participated in YOS 12 week Job Readiness Mentor Program as a Mentor, College Intern, Executive Director, and a Juvenile Offender.

I met Eduardo Ostos in the Juvenile Detention Center in Prince William County, Virginia.  The prosecuting lawyer wanted to send Eduardo to the State Department of Juvenile Justice.  Eduardo’s lawyer introduced Youth Outreach Services 12 weak Job Readiness Mentor Program to the Judge. The Judge ruled in favor of Eduardo participating in YOS program. Eduardo turned his life around.  He received the Beat the Odds Award, did community service through YOS and receive a letter of achievement from the Honorable Congressman Gerald E. Connolly.

Eddie Ostos, Antoine Harris, Congressman Gerald Connolly

Eddie Ostos, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, Antoine Harris, YOS Chairman of the Board.

Judge and Liz Charity

Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder with the Honorable Judge Paul Gluchowski, Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Court who court order Eddie to Youth Outreach Services Job Readiness Mentor Program.


Travis Harris and FamilyEx-Executive Director of Youth Outreach Services- Travis Harris

Travis is my son who has a passion for ministry, people, and knowledge.  Travis Harris is an high achiever and has always been energetic  about ministry and humanity.  He became Youth Outreach Services’ first Executive Director at the age of 19 years old.  At 14 years old, Travis had quite a portfolio; he helped to produce the local television program , “ Community Involvement Showcase,”  in Richmond, Virginia , where he helped host a weekly television show.  He also did radio broadcasting, where he and his friends talked about social issues which included black on black issues in the neighborhood; injustice and ministry in the community. During the summer while he was at the  University of Virginia,  Travis helped to develop the 12 week job readiness program and implemented it in Prince William Juvenile Detention Center.  He graduated from University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Religion.   He further his education with a Master Degree in Divinity from Virginia Union University and is now studying for this PhD in African America Studies at the University of William and Mary.  Including in his list of many accomplishments,   which is the most important to him is that  he is a father to his  two beautiful daughters  Grace and Faith Harris and a devoted husband to his wife Destiney Harris.

 GMU College Interns:  Raj Panth, Alan Boyce, and James Doran

Raj Panth. White HouseRaj Panth is a very ambitious young man, who has goals and dreams.  I met him at George Mason University and I was looking for someone to help implement the 12 week job readiness mentor  program during the summer of 2013. Raj Path was the candidate and we had an awesome summer where we did video production and RETV (Reality Education Television) was birth. Reality Education Television is where we take the education out of the classroom and bring it into the community.  One of the social issues we addressed was the transformation of the ex-juvenile offenders into social entrepreneurs.  Raj Path had the opportunity to create a video tape that featured Arnold Harvey, who was stabbed to death and left to die on the street, but he survived. He is now an author of the book, “Every Decision Matters,” and a Motivational Speaker.  You must read the book, it is an inspiring book.  You can see Raj Path video production on  RETV.  It is called “Transformation.”  Raj Panth now works as an Intern, Chief Information Officer at Executive Office Of the President of the United States

Alan Boyce and RajRaj Panth and Alan Boyce came as a pair.  I was double blessed. Raj did the video production and Alan Boyce did the interviewing.  Alan interviewed lawyers, authors, and businessman at our Fundraising event at Columbus Grill, 8349 Centreville Rd, Manassas, Virginia.  Alan wants to be a television journalist  and Youth Outreach Services job readiness mentor program gave him the opportunity to get on the job training in that field. We submitted some of our television productions to DC50-WDCW Channel 50 Television and it was accepted to be air.  Youth Outreach Services could not afford the airing time on DC50-WDCW at that particular time.



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I met James Doran ( YOS intern and mentor) at the STAR Lab at George Mason University.  We both were studying for spring examines. He sits down next to me and I began to share with him my BIS project on Reducing Recidivism. He volunteered immediately and said this is something he wants to help me with as a summer intern with Youth Outreach Services.  James Doran is a Sociology Major and is working on his Master Degree in it with a Minor Degree in Public Policy. He wants to change some of the Public Policy laws especially those targeting  juvenile recidivism.   During his internship, he had the opportunity to meet   Prince William County Board of Supervisor John Jenkins, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William County, Delegate Michael Futrell, with Stafford and Prince William County, Senator Charles  Colgan and Richard H.Buchholz, Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT) Coordinator. He also helped  to update the objectives and goals of the 12 week job readiness mentor program and revised YOS 5 weeks assessment program.

 Moving Forward- Youth Outreach Services Introduced  the Re-entry Program to William Stephens, Regional Re-Entry Specialist –  Tameka Casselle, YOS Grant Administrator/Manager and  Elizabeth Charity, CEO and Founder

photo 2.JPG.Liz and William 5Youth Outreach Services had the opportunity to introduce the re-entry program to Mr. William Stephens Regional Re-Entry Specialist from the Department of Juvenile Justice.  He took time from his busy schedule to come to Prince William County and tour Youth Outreach Services Non-traditional Career center.  Renovating the facility is therapeutically training, job training, business development, entrepreneurial training, and rehabilitation for the students involved.    The Non-traditional Career Center is providing leadership, money management and career planning.  Upon completion this facility, it will be a safe-self sustainable facility that offers employment, economic growth and education for the community.  Your time and money  invested will help build value in people lives and the community and help change Virginia statistics on recidivism which I shared with you earlier in the article. I am thanking you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter and making a donation to help make it happen.  

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Youth Outreach Services Dream Team is Out and About Town

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Youth Outreach Services Dream Team is partnering with the Rotary Club to help create social entrepreneurs. The Woodbridge Rotary Club is a group of professional men and women who have dedicated and committed their lives to educate and to improve the lives of our youth; especially the at-risk teens and young adults who need directions and guidance to moving forward on a career path. As the CEO and Founder of Youth Outreach Services, I am so happy to become a member of Woodbridge Rotary Club. We are expecting to do great things in the Woodbridge Community, in the school system and helping to reduce recidivism in the state of Virginia by providing positive role models and mentors to our youth. So stay tune as Youth Outreach Services’ Dream Team and the Rotary Club join forces together to make positive things happen and brings about positive social changes through Youth Outreach Services Nontraditional Career Center  on 4291 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge, Virginia  and eventually global.