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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Christianity, Crime & Law, Prison Alternatives, Religion, Television

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 Preparation
Week 8 - Financial Planning (Savings/Checking/Money Market/401 K/IRA); How to Start a Small Biz, Entrepreneurial Training 101
Week 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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Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

YOS is a dynamic non-profit with a heart for youth and serving the community at the grassroots level. I have had the good fortune to work with the CEO and several volunteers and have been very pleased with the variety and range of activities available to help youth in the target areas within Prince William County. The organization has had many successes outside of the current area and is now bringing their expertise to our community. Welcome and keep doing what you are doing!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

If you have the wiliness and the ability to work with youth at risk than Youth Outreach Services is the organization for you. We focus on life skills and job readiness. It's a great way to give back to your community. I feel like I'm making a small impact in improving my community.

1

Former Volunteer

Rating: 4

YOS is a program that is specifically designed to help youth and young adults. Specifically, those in the detention center. The work that this charity does is vital to the future of our nation because we all know that our children are our future leaders. YOS teaches skill building in the areas of employment, finances, and social relationships.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The reason I am writing today is to give my testimony of the experiences I have had volunteering with Youth Outreach Services and to let everyone know what a great program it is. I first learned of Youth Outreach Services a little over a year ago. My youngest son Jacob was in the Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center and was introduced to the Job Readiness Program. Jacob told me that he wanted to go into the program when he was released from the detention center. He told me I would really like the director of the program. He was absolutely right. Ms. Elizabeth Charity is a true blessing and blesses wherever she goes. She is a woman of very strong faith and endless energy. After Jacob was released he contacted Ms. Charity and started participating in her program at Christ Chapel Church in Woodbridge. Soon after, Ms. Charity arranged a meeting with us to go over her program. The program seemed to be designed to keep the kids off of the streets and teach them to be constructive, responsible, conscientious and compassionate towards others. The program sounded great so I started helping right away. One of the things the youth learn is the basics of business. I think this was one of their favorite parts of the program. They absorbed the information like sponges. They created and executed a business plan, held fund raisers, helped the Churches youth group with feeding the homeless and many, many other things. Sincerely, Donna Miller

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This outreach service is far more than anyone could hope for. YOS has helped so many people of every race, creed, and nationality. I know that bigger things are yet to come for this program, and I highly recomend you to donate to this cause, you won't be sorry!