At Youth Corporation, Inc., we believe in the power of unity and social entrepreneurship to break the pipeline from schools to jails. On the occasion of Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, we organized a remarkable event that brought fathers, police officers, and the community together. The event aimed to celebrate black culture, promote fatherhood, and raise awareness about the urgent need to end violence in our society.

Promoting Unity and Breaking Barriers

The day of celebration was a testament to the strength of unity. Fathers, who play a vital role in shaping the lives of young adults, were invited to join hands with police officers and the wider community. It was an opportunity for meaningful connections to form, breaking down barriers and fostering understanding between different stakeholders. By coming together on this significant day, we aimed to build bridges of empathy and collaboration, paving the way for a more inclusive and harmonious society.

Honoring Black Culture

Juneteenth serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience, strength, and achievements of the African American community throughout history. Our event was designed to celebrate and honor black culture, showcasing its rich heritage, art, music, and contributions to society. Through performances, exhibitions, and interactive activities, we aimed to foster a deep appreciation for black culture among attendees, promoting diversity and cultural understanding.

Raising Awareness about Ending Violence

Violence continues to plague our communities, affecting the lives of young adults in particular. Our event sought to shed light on this issue and encourage proactive efforts towards ending violence. By bringing together fathers, police officers, and the community, we created a safe and open space for dialogue, sharing experiences, and exploring effective solutions. By addressing the root causes of violence and promoting alternatives such as social entrepreneurship, we believe we can break the cycle and create a better future for young adults.

The Juneteenth celebration organized by Youth Corporation, Inc. was a resounding success, thanks to the collective effort and participation of fathers, police officers, and the community. It served as a powerful reminder of the importance of unity, while highlighting the richness of black culture and the significance of fatherhood. By harnessing the spirit of Juneteenth, we not only celebrated the emancipation of enslaved African Americans but also raised awareness about the pressing need to end violence and empower young adults to become social entrepreneurs. Together, we can build a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

On the latest episode of the “Middle Ground with JLE” podcast, Jeffrey L. Edwards sat down with Elizabeth Charity, the Founder of Youth Corporation, Inc. (YCI), to discuss the progress that YCI has made since its inception. YCI is a for-profit corporation that provides educational and professional development opportunities for young adults in underserved communities. During the interview, Elizabeth discussed the challenges that YCI faced in its early days and how the organization has evolved over time.

Elizabeth also discussed YCI’s plans for the future. She stated that the organization is focused on expanding its reach and impact by developing new programs and initiatives that address the specific needs of the communities it serves. In addition, YCI is working to build stronger partnerships with other for-profit and non-profit organizations and community leaders to maximize its impact.

Overall, the interview provided great insight into the work that YCI is doing to support young people in underserved communities. Elizabeth’s passion for the cause was evident throughout the conversation, and it was inspiring to hear about the progress that YCI has made in helping young people achieve their full potential. The “Middle Ground with JLE” podcast is a great platform for sharing stories like this, and we look forward to hearing more about the important work that YCI is doing in the future.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Craig Johnson, President of First Amendment, Inc. joins us as a special guest on WRWK 93.9 FM. is a news and political analyst, commentator, and radio talk show host of The REALLY, Real, Deal with Brother Craig the Hatchet Man.

Craig joins Elizabeth Charity, founder of Youth Corporation Inc, on a talk show taking place during YCI’s ”Save our Children” campaign. Save Our Children is an open-source (if you want to help, get in touch!) focus project designed to raise awareness and promote and protect the lives of children. In “Building Better Societies,” we speak openly to people from all walks of life and discuss topics ranging from abortion to gun violence.

Join Craig Johnson & Elizabeth Charity.

Questions for the audience:

What do you think of Roe V. Wade? How do you believe reversing this law affects our children’s lives?
Do you believe people will think twice about getting an abortion?

What do you believe the USA can do to help educate our youth on teenage pregnancy?

Do you believe pregnancy should be a joint responsibility of the immediate family?

Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest, or fetal impairment. What are some cases that may not be on this list?

What is your view on Gun Control?

What are some of the new laws on guns—are they more effective in stopping the killing of the innocent, or are they not?

We air on WRWK 93.9 FM and the CW-NBC 12 television station in Richmond, Virginia. The names of the programs are “Building Better Societies” (aired every Saturday on WRWK 93.9 FM), and we are actively producing our second season of “Dawn Rising” (premiere episode date and time TBD).

Our television show, Dawn Rising, brings attention to success stories, testimonials, public issues, social reform, and more. We had the opportunity to reach 122 countries through YouTube and over 500 households during our first season of Dawn Rising.

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Please meet Saa’dia Walker Douglas,
Mrs. Douglas is a Certified Public Accountant with a BSBA and an MBA in Accounting. Saa’dia is a member of the AICPA, VSCPA, and the Richmond Association of Government Accountants, where she served as President of the Richmond Chapter. She has helped establish non-profits and has served on
several boards. Mrs. Douglas has been in business for over 20+ years and has served as the Chief Financial Officer for two multi-million dollar organizations. She was responsible
for financial and strategic planning, forecasting, budgeting, financial and human capital management, and capital projects.

In this radio broadcast, Elizabeth Charity speaks with Commonwealth attorney candidate John Barbour. John Barbour advocates for alternative solutions for helping non-violent offenders become healed, productive individuals rather than statistics. You can learn more about this at
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We are excited about what the faith-based organizations are doing to work with Richmond Local Police Department and the Henrico Jail in helping to build healthy and safe communities.  A special shout out to Destiny Center RVA and other churches who help fund  God Free Gas. Special shout out to Officer Kimberly Cheatham. She is the humble and silent voice behind the scenes.  We are hoping to see her in future episodes as the Police Department addresses trauma in the high violence and crime communities..
Dawn Rising is looking forward to having your church or organization  as a guest on Dawn Rising.  You can advertise your church  or organization as you
share what services you are offering the community to transform the criminal justice system and stop the pipeline to Jail for our youth.
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