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Second Chance for Youth Project

Mentoring Leaders for Tomorrow

You may fill your heads with knowledge, or skillfully train your hands, but unless it is based upon high, upright character, upon a true heart, it will amount to nothing.

Booker T. Washington, 1905

Second Chance 4 Youth is a Utah based non-profit program dedicated to helping incarcerated youth during their post release phase. The goal of SC4Y is to help these "at risk" youth to begin a new chapter experiencing their American Dream. It is founded on four foundational tenets introduced to the early 1900 Black community by Booker T. Washington. By embracing of these tenets this community, during the 1940’s, 50’s and mid-60’s, led our nation in the growth of its middle class, the commitment of men to marriage, the percentage of entrepreneurs and the percentage of men matriculating from college. They are:

  1. Head- Education and Critical Thinking Skills
  2. Heart- God, Service, Compassion & Empathy
  3. Hand- Industry, Self-Reliance and Love of Work
  4. Home- Family 

Second Chance 4 Youth
provides the tools, support, environment and post-incarceration career opportunities to those seeking to be productive citizens. Highlighted throughout this initiative is the recognition of the blessing of being an America, where the concept of second chances is innate and within the core of its DNA.

To support its mission Second Chance 4 Youth relies on its corporate sponsors, private donations, volunteers and special annual events. This includes an annual The Sons of Serendip concert, a NFL All-Star Golf Tournament and a Holiday Gala that recognizes the success of our youth and those throughout our community who have supported them.

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Second Chance 4 Youth is a non-profit service organization founded byBurgess Owens, former All-Pro NFL Super Bowl Champion, and governed by an engaged board of directors including:

Second Chance 4 Youth is a non-profit service organization founded by Burgess Owens, former All-Pro NFL Super Bowl Champion, and governed by an engaged board of directors.

Second Chance 4 Youth extends a warm invitation to join us in our mission to mentor at-risk youth in one of several different ways:

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Sagamore Institute: Operating Partner

As present Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats ,was preparing to return to the United States following his service as US Ambassador to Germany in 2004, he and former Deputy Assistant to President Bush, Jay Hein, determined that America needed a think tank based in the heartland’s values and geography. In contrast to the noise and rancor coming from Washington, D.C., Sagamore Institute was formed that same year to tackle difficult issues with civility and focus on solutions not ideology.

The First Tee

Since 1997, in a partnership among the LGPA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA, First Tee has deliver programs in all 50 United States and select international locations. In 2016, it brought character education through the game of golf to more than 5.3 million young people.

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Granting hope and opportunity to at-risk young men and women is our mission, and Second Chance 4 Youth is blessed by its individual and corporate sponsors who share in that vision.  It is with your support that we are able to serve, direct, educate, and prepare our young men and women to take advantage of the second chances our nation offers them.  With your support, there are no limits to what can be achieved.  

Second Chance 4 Youth serves as an incubator for at-risk youth within the juvenile corrections system, helping them achieve success through a mentoring program based on four proven pillars. These pillars were introduced to the black community by Booker T. Washington:
  1. Head (education)
  2. Heart (service /compassion)
  3. Hands (Industry/ entrepreneurship)
  4. Home (Family)
Second Chance 4 Youth provides young men and women with the training, confidence, skills, and opportunity to build their futures on a firm foundation.

Booker T. Washington taught that “success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”  The mission of Second Chance 4 Youth is to provide its young men and women with the life skills (education and career opportunities) to overcome the negative environments and decisions that have placed them in a position of needing a second chance.

If you are interested in joining our game-changing initiative as a mentor, volunteer, corporate sponsor, employer, or a host of a Second Chance 4 Youth project, please contact us.

All programs associated with Second Chance 4 Youth have a single objective—to provide mentoring, services, tools, and support for the young men and women it serves through comprehensive outreach programs like the Decker Lake Youth Center.

Funding for these programs is provided through individual and corporate donations, as well as events like Red Ledge Golfing with NFL All-Stars, St. Regis Executive Lunch with NFL All-Stars and a popular concert series by The Sons of Serendip, championship finalist from the hit television show America’s Got Talent.

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