Youth 4 Change, Inc | About Us
The vision of Y4C is to foster CHANGE in at-risk youth that society wants to see by providing mentoring services, early intervention and pre-trial diversion programs to children ages 8 to 18. Y4C’s vision will be progressive: local, state wide, nationally, and then globally.
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About Us

History:

Youth 4 Change (Y4C) Inc., was established in 1994 as a grassroots organization, a one man team, that had a desire to assist youth who were at-risk.  After many passionate years of providing assistance to children, Y4C Inc. became a Tax-Exempt Organization under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service and a recognized domestic non-profit organization under the State of Georgia in 2014.

 

Vision:

The vision of Y4C is to foster CHANGE in at-risk youth that society wants to see by providing mentoring services, early intervention and pre-trial diversion programs to children ages 8 to 18.  Y4C’s vision will be progressive: local, state wide, nationally, and then globally.

 

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide safe housing to youth in lieu of incarceration, strengthen broken families, and empower youth to make a positive CHANGE.

 

Guiding Principles:

The guiding principles of Y4C is to cultivate in our youth the following:

CHARACTER – Personality, qualities of honesty, integrity, mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual

RESPECT – A deep feeling of admiration.  Shows regard and appreciation toward self, others, or something.

COMMITMENT – Being dedicated to a cause or activity.  You start something, FINISH IT!  Don’t allow adversity to cause you to disengage.

RESPONSIBILITY/ACCOUNTABILITY – Taking care of your duties.  Establishing goals and following through on commitments.

POSSIBILITY – Expanding your perspective of life’s possibilities; what you can achieve through hard work, determination and perseverance.

SUPPORT – An individual is dramatically influenced by their support system.  By building strong families, youth of Y4C will be able to duplicate this principle in their own lives as parents.  It is our commitment to surround young people in a caring, inclusive learning environment.

 

Board of Directors:

The Board has been strategically composed of passionate community leaders, educators, professionals, soldiers, law enforcement officers, coaches, and youth who believe in and will promote the vision and mission of Y4C, Inc.   The board will be responsible for the overall policy and direction of the Council, delegate’s responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Council Director and committees, approves the annual budget, raise funds and awareness for Y4C, Inc.

Founder/President: Nacoe Scott

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Nacoe Scott is Founder and President of Youth 4 Change (Y4C), Inc.  Born to Isaac and Wendy, Nacoe was exposed to what it meant to lend a helping hand to others, selfless service, and entrepreneurship.  At the tender age of 12 years old, she began helping out on the football field at Richmond Park, home of the Richmond Giants in Richmond Heights Florida.

 

Nacoe played sports throughout her childhood, was instrumental in Miami Killian’s JROTC “Cougar Battalion” program, and went on to play sports in college, the military and for the Miami Fury, a Women’s Professional Football League team.

 

In 1994, unknowing of her hidden passion, Nacoe began working with youth at her church and in her community.  During her graduation commencement ceremony in 2006, from Saint Leo University, it finally hit her.  The guest speaker spoke confirmation to the gift and calling in Nacoe by stating “Seek daily what you love doing then life will be full of love and passion.”

 

Since residing in Georgia, Nacoe has coached, mentored, tutored, and fostered many of the youth whom she has come in contact with.

 

Nacoe has served in the U.S. Army for 21 years (active and reserve), has 15 years’ experience in law enforcement (Adult Male Prisons, County Jails, and Immigration), received her AA degree from Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA (1989); BA in Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL (2006); MBA /CJ, Saint Leo University (2009), Saint Leo, FL and currently pursuing her Doctorates in Business Administration from Saint Leo University.

 

Nacoe’s passion for at-risk youth ages 8 to 18 and their daily challenges has inspired the creation of Y4C…We are the CHANGE you want to see.

Chief Executive Office:

Bio Coming Soon!

Chief Financial Officer: Jose Scott Sr.

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Jose R Scott, Sr was born in Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  After high school, Jose joined the Army.  He spent seven years as an Army Petroleum Supply Specialist. After leaving the Army in 1987, Jose joined the Coast Guard where he was assigned to the Federal Maritime Unit based in Miami Beach, Florida. In 1989 he completed his Aviation Mechanical and Engineering Degree at theU.S. Aviation Technical Training Center Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  During his the time in the Coast Guard, Jose obtained many certifications from the Air Force and Coast Guard Academy until retiring in 1995.

In 1996, Jose began his career with U.S. Immigration as a Detention and Deportation Agent in Miami, Florida.  After the 9/11 attack, INS officially became the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he continues to work as an Immigration Enforcement Agent.

Jose is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is married and has two children. His love and passion for children led him to become a volunteer within the children’s ministry at World Changers Church International and is a devoted servant and leader.

In his spare time, Jose enjoys spending time with his family, repairing computers, and electronic devices. Jose enjoys listening to the teaching of Pastor Creflo A. Dollar.

Secretary: Yvette Waldon

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Yvette Lightbourn, wife to Derrick Waldon and mother of seven children, I have a passion and love for the Advancement of youth in indigent circumstances. A student of psychology, I have found great interest in the developmental factors and circumstances that feed into the behavioral patterns of our youth today.

I have made it my life mission to assist in the advancement of youth in any way that I can. I have worked as an educator in the Dade County school board system under the No Child Left Behind program in math and reading. I have worked in the youth ministries division over youth activities for 3 years with Addina Jireh ministries as well as one year with New Life Ministries. I also have a background working within the day care system as an educator and have received the necessary credentials with the state of Florida in working within the Childcare programs.

It has been a lifelong love to educate the youth and a mission I continue to pursue to this day.

Youth Chairman: Jose Scott, Jr.

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Jose Scott, Jr was born in Miami, Florida.  At an early age, his parents noticed a special gift in the area of Science that God had empowered him with.  Jose has been homeschooled for the most of his academic years.

While a student in the public school, Jose received numerous accolades.  He was an honor roll student in the public school and still maintains that status as a homeschooler.  Jose has participated in the STEM program at Georgia Tech and the Space Academy in Huntsville Alabama.  Jose also dibbled in a little modeling, played tackle football, soccer, and an upcoming Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Jose is preparing to tackle college at the age of 14.  He aspires to be an Astronomist, a Chemist, or a Computer Engineer.

Youth Vice Chairman: Tyler Callahan

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Tyler DeJuan Callahan is a native of Georgia.  He  is the second born of four boys to Natasha Heard.  As a young child, Tyler developed a love for football, basketball and the drums.  Although he was born asthmatic, asthma could not tackle him on the football field.  Tyler’s athletic ability and his ability to lead at the age of 7,  set him apart from his teammates which earned  him the starting quarterback position.

 

Success on the football field wasn’t the ending place for him.  Tyler has excelled in the classroom earning merit awards in math and science and continues to strive for academic excellence in all areas.

 

Tyler is a compassionate young man, has played football for eight years, basketball for three years and now has explored track and field.  His hobbies include studying  the game of football and basketball, playing video games, and playing the drums.

 

As a Freshman in high school, Tyler has made the decision to attend either the University of Alabama or the University of Georgia for college, and is on track to achieving this milestone.

Youth Ambassador: Imani Swanson

Bio Coming Soon!