YOUTH OUTREACH SERVICES

Rating: 4.8 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Crime & Law, Religion

Location: P.O. Box 1655 Woodbridge VA 22195 USA

Mission: Youth Outreach Services provide apprenticeship for welfare recipients, ex-offenders, and referred juveniles, and internship for college students and after-school programs for middle school and high school students. Additional services are group counseling, college-bound assistance, job placement assistance, workshops, guest speakers and job fairs.
Geographic areas served: Woodbridge, VA., Dumfries, VA., Triangle, VA., Washington, DC, Richmond, VA.
Programs: It is a twelve (12) week program designed and geared toward the youth and in particular post incarceration in the Youth Detention Center. Weeks 1-5; Advancement weeks; Students are encouraged to participate and focus on self improvement and advancement from current lifestyle. The program also includes processes and trainings for self evaluation, transformation and therapy.  Key areas/issues of concentration for the students are as follows:  Unemployment, promiscuity, HS drop Out, Suicide, Domestic Violence and Teens and Drugs.  During this time of training; the student(s) will be responsible for the creation of public service announcements (PSA) to air on three (3) television programming "Teens Called to the Nation (TCN), Teens and the Law, and Teens and Finances.  Weeks 6-7 - Resume Building, Dress for Success, Application & Interview PreparationWeek 8 - Financial Planning (Savings/Checking/Money Market/401 K/IRA); How to Start a Small Biz, Entrepreneurial Training 101Week 9-10 - Further Review/Application and Role Playing of Weeks 6-8.Weeks 11-12 - Application of the Entire Trainings (all 12 weeks); Sales and Marketing, Copywriting, and Job Placement.Our Corporate Sponsors will receive advertisement opportunities through the television programs for their sponsorship and inclusive participation rights to YOS partnering program(s). In addition, Corporate Sponsors and/or participating partners will receive advertisement space on YOS websites (www.yciyos.com & www.perfectbusiness.com/lcharity) and in "Envision", which is the official newsletter of Youth Outreach Services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Corporation, Inc. ~ Youth Outreach Services (YCI-YOS) has provided delinquency prevention, intervention, and reentry programming for about 20 years to youths who have run afoul with the law. It teaches juveniles how to become productive and contributing members of society.

YCI-YOS has always been committed to youth, but its recent initiatives reach out in a more comprehensive way to help juveniles and it endeavors to prepare youths to make positive contributions to their respective communities. To that end, YCI-YOS programming has expanded to reduce recidivism, thereby making for a safer society and helping to reduce delinquency-related expenditures in the Washington, DC area. Additionally, an exciting aspect of YCI-YOS programming is that it encourages involvement in and inspires commitment to pro-social community activities.

It is because of its renewed and expanded commitment to young people and to the larger community that I believe that YCI-YOS is a GREAT nonprofit.

As a professor of criminal justice and criminology, I have dedicated myself to efforts related to prevention and reentry, and to research to improve such efforts. In fact, I have been researching delinquency and reentry programs for more than 20 years, and studies over that time period have increasingly shown that the types of programs that are offered through YCI-YOS are the most effective at reducing recidivism and they provide the best chance for juveniles to turn their lives around and become law-abiding and contributing citizens. Research indicates, for example, that the programs that are most effective at reducing recidivism include family counseling, substance abuse counseling, mentoring, and cognitive-behavioral treatment programs such as job training and academic support services. And, those are just a few of the programs offered by YCI-YOS.

I will continue to volunteer with YCI-YOS for the next several months to evaluate programming and help its dedicated staff and Founder, Elizabeth Charity. I am honored to have developed a working relationship with YCI-YOS and look forward to a long-term releationship.

Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts about YCI-YOS.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Brown, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

People today need to follow the vision of Elizabeth Charity, youth needs help, we are donating all sorts of things, money, clothes, art, whatever.......leave behind a legacy for those who need guidance, I dropped out in seventh grade, had a hard life........kids today need to see the light! When we give we recieve, few non-profits walk the walk, I see her vision. I come acrros all sorts of people in life but few understand......its not about us.....its about something better. Liz is an amazing woman doing powerfull things!


Carlos Diez
International Economic Development, LLC.
13701 South West 88th Street Suite 222-A Chase Bank Building Miami, FL 33186
(305) 383-0080
(786) 362-9327
www.iedc-consulting.com

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been introduced to YOS when I met Ms. Liz. I attended a youth meeting and it was just amazing sight to see that our youth is finding a purpose to their life and motivated to be responsible. I do believe this organization is exceedingly effective and bringing a social change to better the society.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Ms. Liz Charity is an amazing and motivated woman. I've been involved with her organization for the past year and have attended or volunteered at several event she has been apart of, and seen the dedication and work she has put in to reach the youth in our area. I have personally been able to increase my effectiveness in working with youth because of Ms. Charity's efforts. She works to not only help young people but also to network community leaders, businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs who are then able to team up and pour back into the community, through various service projects, and job programs. Liz Charity and Youth Outreach Services are an asset to our community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I truly appreciate all the support I have received from Ms. Liz with Youth Outreach Services. Ms. Liz have always been there for me (as well as other youth) when we really needed her.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced hands-on training and mentoring from Youth Outreach Services volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Elizabeth Harris-Charity for almost 15 years and have watched the impact that she has had on at-risk youth. Whether working with schools, the courts, or the community, lives were changed because she always saw the potential in each youth that she met. From car washes, breakfasts at her house to after-school programs youth received mentoring and guidance to help propel them into their destiny.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing youth's self-esteem elevated to a higher level and a desire to do better educationally and socially.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the youth and hearing them discuss their fears, challenges and successes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, and always trying to help the youth succeed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

establish an entrepreneurial business education center that could accommodate thousands of students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Outreach Service is an extra ordinary youth organization. It provides consistency, guidance, focus,listening ear, love, concern, direction and confident booster. I have witness how this organization has make a difference in the lives of youths who is a part of this organization- when the youth first become a part of this organization they go from feeling like a defeated, a nobody and feeling like no one care- to a I CAN DO IT attitude with much confident within a short period of time. I contribute this to the fearless leadership of Elizabeth Charity who displays positive attitude at all time and endless energy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experinced the results of this organization when my daughter become a part of the organization. She was excited about being a part of the organization. Within a short period of time with Youth Outreach Service she become more self assured.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Elizabeth Harris-Charity first had a vision of helping at-risk teenagers more than twenty years ago. She saw young men putting down their guns and drugs and changing from citizens that are a threat to society to citizens that are making a positive contribution to society. Since 1989, she has been working on this vision. She has visited families, spent time in juvenile detention centers, spoke with community leaders and personally invested time with each at-risk teen she has come into contact with. On every Tuesday she visits juvenile detention centers. She has a fully developed and written out plan that has been impleneted for at-risk teens after they leave the juvenile detention center. This includes mentorships, relationship building and skills acquisition. She has an 70 percent satisfaction rate for at-risk teens who have been through YOS.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization has help me better come aware of how to deal with difficult situations involving men who have been incarcerated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have attended Youth Outreach Services, and I am here to post my opinion of this group. I have found Y.O.S. to be an amazing group of people with true and genuine intentions on helping preteens and teens in the area on an extremely personal level. I was taken back by the willingness of its program leader and its volunteer's to serve each visitor on such a deep level. Y.O.S. is and extremely exceptional group of individuals that are poised to shine through the innocence of their hearts, and the strength of their intentions and convictions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. Youth Outreach Services is a very impacting organization in which life lessons are learned, and great friendships are cast.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Meet more often!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the openness of its program leaders and the volunteers involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing individuals whose only intentions were teaching life lessons through fun activities.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

Ways to make it better...

there was more staffing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financing the organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Outreach Services is an awesome organization which caters to the disadvantaged youth within our community. YOS helps the youth better themselves through educational sessions, mentoring, and job readiness trainings.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally witness how dedicated the organization works with local business to place youth with jobs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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