Youth With Faces

A nonprofit organization

63% complete

$15,000 Goal

Student Experience

Youth With Faces helps young people referred to the juvenile justice system develop skills for achieving self-sufficiency and the confidence to overcome a number of challenges when returning to their communities. Since its inception, Youth With Faces has served over 2,500 North Texas juveniles. It is the only nonprofit provider working within the walls of the Dallas County Medlock and Youth Village residential facilities and the Collin County John R. Roach detention facility to offer the combination of life- and work-skills education with paid work opportunities and reentry support. Youth With Faces also works with youth on community supervision (probation) in Collin County. The agency will serve over 400 young men and women in 2023. 

The Youth With Faces Career Readiness, Culinary and Hospitality Training, Financial Empowerment and Reentry Support programs help youth learn and practice critical character lessons and work skills. As a result, they significantly reduce their chances of returning to custody. 

All Youth With Faces programs include a focus on the following tenets:

Character: Youth develop social skills and healthy approaches to addressing challenges, then put them to work in real-life situations, such as teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving.

Capabilities: Youth learn and practice skills they need to be self-sufficient, confident and contributing members of the community.

Connection: Youth work alongside adult role models who believe in them. This positive network of support includes mentors, employers, volunteers and educators. When working and learning with encouraging adults, students quickly begin to believe in themselves and make in-roads to productive pathways.

Some of our outcomes include:



Youth With Faces believes in the potential of justice-involved young people and helps them grow the skills needed to break the cycle of incarceration and create positive futures.


To build a future in which justice-involved youth receive opportunities to build character, connections and capabilities essential for their success.


According to a segment by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), on any given night, nearly 50,000 youth are incarcerated in facilities away from their home in the United States. In Texas alone, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) reported that 26,155 youths were arrested or referred to the department in 2021.

Youth of color are much more likely than white youth to be held in juvenile facilities. According to The Sentencing Project in 2019, the white placement rate in juvenile facilities was 72 per 100,000 youth under age 18. By comparison, Black youth were 4.4 times as likely to be incarcerated (315 per 100,000); Tribal youth were 3.2 times as likely (236 per 100,000); and Latinx youth were 27% more likely (92 per 100,000). Asian youth were the least likely to be held in juvenile facilities (19 per 100,000). Most young people in the system have endured more than one childhood trauma, such as poverty, neglect, abuse or addiction.

Once incarcerated, these young people may become faceless statistics – society’s invisible kids whose potential is neglected or forgotten. Youth With Faces has seen first-hand that justice-impacted youth have great capacity to contribute to society and seeks to lower their chances of re-entering the system after their release. When given opportunities to gain employable skills and a network of support, young people quickly visualize their capabilities and realize the unique gifts they can contribute to the community.

Your gift through North Texas Giving Day will help these young men and women build skills to overcome multiple barriers upon release so they can achieve their personal goals for success.

Equity Statement

The advancement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a priority at Youth With Faces, as 94 percent of participants are people of color. In 2020, 49 percent were African American and 45 percent were Latinx. These are not unique numbers for the local justice system, and reports from across the country show that youth of color are incarcerated at higher rates than their white peers. For Youth With Faces to truly provide the best support to young people impacted by the justice system, programs must intentionally focus on equity and inclusion, and every interaction with students must offer respect, accountability and belief in their potential.

To help with these efforts, Youth With Faces staff and board members participate in training and activities to strengthen equity and inclusion in all Youth With Faces operations. These trainings include the BoardLead DEI Nonprofit Learning Series, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Unconscious Bias Training, Communities Foundation of Texas’ DEI Training and more. Additionally, staff members have served on local DEI committees, and the agency’s strategic plan includes a goal for all staff and board members to participate in Racial, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training annually. The strategic plan also includes a goal to add more diversity to the board of directors and develop a Community Advisory Board made up of program graduates and community members who have firsthand experiences with re-entry challenges and who can advise on programs to best serve students.

Youth With Faces programs also provide the opportunity for students to work with and learn from professionals who are also people of color. In addition to career education, Youth With Faces’ reentry support involves partnerships with other nonprofits in the community, helping youth overcome a number of barriers, including racial biases, as they return to their communities.

Organization Data


Organization name

Youth With Faces

other names

Youth Village Resources of Dallas, Inc.

Tax id (EIN)




Employment & Workforce Development, Justice-involved adults or youth, Education - Career Prep

Operating Budget

$1,000,000 - $2,999,999

Counties Served

Collin, Dallas

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Other

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


6333 E. Mockingbird Lane Suite 147-872
Dallas, TX 75214



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