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: