My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Youth Outreach Services, Woodbridge, VA, USA
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.
Michael P. Brown, Ph.D.
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
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