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 (www.albo-oblon.com/attorneys/michael-c-may).

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 (http://www.madisonservicesgroup.com).
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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Students LIVE Change and Loving It

LIVE Change 1There was a buzz in the air as the students met on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the new addition of Fenwick Library at the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University (GMU) and took ownership of The Student LIVE (Lead, Invent, Venture, Express) Change Program.  It is moving forward in an awesome way. The students have the opportunity to meet with The Office of Senator Jeremy McPike, 29th District, Senate of Virginia, General Assembly Building, Office 317 during the General Assembly session on March 3, 2016 to share their model of “Stop the Education Pipeline to Jail Program,” offering a solution to reduce recidivism in Virginia. Nina Motazedi shared the students’ model in GMU’s Fourth Estate Newspaper article, “New center provides place for Mason students to mentor at-risk youth.”

Daniel Lavelle, is the project leader and doing a fantastic job as he helps design the model. He is obtaining his degree in Psychology at GMU. He is also the single parent of one son, Gabriel Lavelle. Joining him are Samantha Singh, pursuing her Bachelor’s of Integrative Studies with a concentration in Law and Virginia Rose Lowe who is obtaining a degree in Education and doing community services hours for Youth Outreach Services. Her community services hours will help her learn how to run a non-profit organization and how to raise funds for it. Whereas, Kendra Mungra, a junior at GMU and majoring in Business Marketing will learn more about the fundraising side with Youth Corporation, Inc., the for-profit stock holding company and is responsible for helping to raise funds for the project by contacting businesses to become involved with Reality Education Television (RETV). They will become business mentors and help the students create commercials by giving workshops in their field of expertise. The businesses will also appear on the Hall of Fame in the television studio in the newly built facility. Kendra found out about the project by reading the above article in GMU’s Fourth Estate Newspaper.

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The Student LIVE (Lead, Invent, Venture, Express) Change Program  also has the opportunity to go to The Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building on March 23 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm to tape the event which will air on Reality Education TV (RETV)  and other local television stations. Click Here for more info on the Mid-Tier Advocacy Inc., Briefing on Capitol Hill. Please email me if you have any questions.

 

When you decide to become a mentor to those who face social injustices and are challenged with the law you help stop the education pipeline to jail and reduce recidivism. Here are some of the responsibilities to help them find hope and to have a better life:

  1. Attend weekly training classes with a student majoring in Psychology (The Mentor Coordinator) and will do an under-study under  Dr. Reston Bell, the Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Dr. Faye Taxman, Professor and Director of George Mason University Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, Department of Criminology, Law and Society  for the weekly training classes.

  2. 3 hours a week (3 hours at one time or 1 hour 3 times a week ) for 5 weeks

  3. Monthly  mentor-coordinator meeting: The Mentor Coordinator has the lead role in managing training sessions, logistics, developing curriculum and training materials, facilitating the session, and processing the training evaluation forms. Session should be conducted by program staff along with outside experts, parents/caretakers, and business mentors currently in the program.

  4. Quarterly required In –service Training Sessions. Once matched, each mentor and mentee must attend at least two in-services training sessions during the course of the year.

  5. Mentor, Mentee and caregiver/parent guardian in-service sessions will be offered quarterly.

  6. Upon completion of training with the Monthly Mentor-Coordinator Meeting, the college students will be assigned to alternative schools, detention centers, youth shelters and other designated organizations in their area.

We are seeking mentors; adults, business owners, and college students.  We need college students who major in music, business, communication, filming and editing.  And we are seeking investors who wants to purchase shares of stock in our company, Youth Corporation, Inc., to help build  the facility  and  help the college students and their mentees to  experience Student LIVE  (Lead, Invent, Venture, Express)  Change.

Please email  elizabeth.charity@yciyos.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

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

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At the Verizon Auditorium,  George Mason University , Prince William CampusRandall Mailand- Quartet Group

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:  http://www.wesharecrowdfunding.com/echarity.

 

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 (www.rightoncrime.com/reforms-in-action). 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 www.youtube.com  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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RETV was there to capture the moment at the Great Big Gospel Car Wash

Gospel Car WashFish Fry.CarwashCar wash Pastor ThomasCar Wash.5Fun and Games.Car Wash CrewGospel Car Wash 1The Carwash Crew.Car WashPlace of Rest. Car WashRETV was onsite to Capture the Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stars of the Great Big Gospel Car Wash were Giant Food, CiCi Pizza, Panera Bread, Target, George Mason University Social Entrepreneurship Society, the Rotary Club- Woodbridge, Virgina, and  Dawn Massages, Youth Minister Aaron with Church On the Move in Woodbridge, Virginia,  and a group of teenagers from Atlanta, Georgia with their Youth Minister, Thomas. The youth group came all the way from Atlanta Georgia to help Youth Outreach Services raise money for the renovation of the non-traditional career center. We only made a dent in the amount of money needed, but we had an awesome time reaching out in the community. Youth Outreach Services needs $150,000.00 to renovate the facility.  Of course Youth Outreach Services Dream Team was there; Chris Archie, Antoine Harris, Frank Jones, James E. Doran and his daughter Katherine, Shaneika Nelson and Elizabeth Charity.  If you believe God is putting it on your heart to give, please visit  pay pal and give a donation. We are thanking you in advance for all that you do to help create entrepreneurs for the Kingdom of God.

 

 

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.

RETV – GMU Social Entrepreneurship Society with Mr. Adam Roop

GMU Social Entrepreneurship Society had the honor of interviewing Mr. Adam Roop, an entrepreneur at the early age of 19 years old.  He is the Co-Founder and President of The Roop Group Enterprises located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with operations in  Delaware and Virginia. He has been featured on Fox New, CBS, and is associated with Donald Trump. He is the special guest of Michael Dawkin, a member of  the GMU Social Entrepreneurship Society, who invited him to come and share his entrepreneurship experiences with the group.  As a social entrepreneur, Michael ‘s social passion is feeding hungry children. Continue reading

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.

RETV – “No Money Down”

In this episode of RETV, Elizabeth Charity is joined by Brittney Hill, President of the Social Entrepreneurship Society of George Mason University to interview Ronald Maierhofer, author of “No Money Down: How to Buy a Sports Franchise”. The GMU Social Entrepreneurship Society gives its student members the opportunity to get hands on experience in networking with local entrepreneurs, while building their resume. Another student, Indya Williams, taped the interview on location at George Mason University.

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