This organization has real promise and is already producing real results. When you couple that with the 501(3)C tax break, if someone is interested in backing a non-profit, I feel Youth Valut is a no brainer.
Can you ever do too much to help steer juveniles in the right direction? I belive that the celebrity crime briefs on www.lawyeruplive.com will complement the online Crim-Law curriculum and truly prevent juvenile crime. From what I understand 1300 users access their pages each month, if it has a positive effect on just 1% that's over 1300 lives helped each year!
My experience with Youth Vault Inc. has been great. I have learned a lot in the short time I have volunteered for the organization about how our celebrity obsessed culture can influence youth and how important it is to educate American kids on how the criminal system works.
I love this charity, for it's mission as well as the forward thinking, proactive role it takes in crime prevention. I like that the readers can give feedback on the cases, too. Some of the other curriculum offered, includes flashcards that we are working towards putting together for the kids, which I think will give both parents and teens an additional avenue for learning about how to prevent crime within the family, as well as giving the younger readers a better conceptual understanding of crime, why it happens, and how it can be avoided. There are also assemblies offered, which are really great, especially for kids whose parents don't have internet access. My biggest hope for this charity is that we can be the difference in the lives of young people. If my efforts can save one person from being killed, one business from being robbed, or one person from taking on a life of drugs, I will be fully satisfied. Of course, I would like to be able to affect more than one person, but I think that sometimes just helping one person directly can also lead to a domino effect, thereby helping many others, in turn. I believe in paying it forward, and that is what I think the Youth Vault charity is doing best. If everyone just did a little something good, every day, we could live in a very peaceful, strong, self sufficient society. See, getting help when you are in need is perfectly okay. Helping an old lady carry her groceries.. helping a single mom with bread and milk a couple of times a month, watching the kids for the parents who live like the old woman in the shoe, giving money to the homeless, donating clothes, etc.. all of these things can change a person's life. It only takes a smile, sometimes, if one can afford it, to change the direction in which a stranger's day is heading. So go ahead- Smile big, and pay it forward. I know I will. =)
Youth Vault, to me, is an excellent way to educate kids about the consequences illegal behavior. I believe it to be a unique and progressive means to reduce crime among young adults. I am glad to contribute in any way that I can.
Youth Vault Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to helping kids kick crime. It is in its beginning stages, but there is a lot of potential and already working to educated youth about crime.