AT FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, WE USE A HOLISTIC APPROACH, RESEARCH BASED STRATEGIES, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS TO TRANSFORM MINDSETS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO GENERATIONAL POVERTY.
Educational support and planning for our participants, whether it be the completion of a high school degree, vocational training, community college or other training programs is one of our goals. In recent months, three participants have completed their HSED, one just enrolled in HSED classes, one has obtained a CDL, and three have already graduated from vocational programs. Those numbers may not seem staggering, but when you consider the research that indicates every high school graduate saves the taxpayer $160,000 annually, they become a bit more impressive.
Additionally, an emphasis in the program is to change negative thinking patterns that lead to criminal activity.
When you look at the cost of housing one inmate in Iowa per year is approx. $33,000, and we have served over 30 individuals that have been, or are currently, incarcerated, we are changing mindsets that lead to that repeated activity. Today, the total number of individuals being served that are incarcerated or still on a reporting basis with the Elm Street Correctional facility, is 10.
We are currently looking to expand our staff in the area of programming. Our continued growth efforts for partnerships and referrals will only be sustained by our ability to add new employees to our team.