Saving Our Communities At Risk Through Educational
Services (SOCARTES)

2018 National High School Graduation Rate is 85%

During the same period, 5.3% of students didn't graduate.

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2019 National High School Dropout rate is 5.1%

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Saving Our Communities at Risk Through Educational Services (SOCARTES)

SOCARTES is an educational nonprofit founded in December 2012. Its focus is to help individuals overcome personal challenges and barriers to achieve educational goals within their communities.

A Snapshot of SOCARTES’ Work

S. L. Young discusses educating inmates and dealing with depression / holiday blues on the Maggie Linton Show. This is an encouraging and uplifting interview about the importance of educating inmates, along with thoughtful commentary about the ways individuals can deal with depression to reduce or eliminate holiday blues.

S. L. Young delivers the commencement address at the Fairfax County Public Schools - Interagency Alternative Schools (IAS) Graduation. This is a very unlikely commencement address because Mr. Young was directed to leave high school in the 10th grade after failing 6 of 7 classes in this same school district. He would go on to barely graduate high school on-time, but in the bottom 8% of his class.

SOCARTES' founder (S. L. Young) speaking on his show "Beyond Just Talk" with Kristen Cane from the Arlington County Detention Facility about the importance of volunteering at a jail.

S. L. Young discusses using social entrepreneurship to achieve success beyond profits at Alpha Kappa Psi's "Principled Business Leadership Institute" on 2/6/16.

S. L. Young sees communities commonly called “at risk” differently. He sees “opportunity communities,” places where positive change saves lives and creates new possibilities for people in that place.

SOCARTES' founder (S. L. Young) speaking on his show "Beyond Just Talk" with Kristen Cane from the Arlington County Detention Facility about the importance of volunteering at a jail.

SOCARTES Celebrates Forward Progress

"Don't devalue any positive struggles toward an endpoint, because completion and success feel the same no matter the way you started."

S. L. Young

SOCARTES’ Accomplishments

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Started an "Introduction to Business - Overview" class at the Arlington County Detention Facility.
Completed a "Life Skills" class at the Arlington County Detention Facility.
SOCRATES founder receives the "Distinguished County Service Award" from Volunteer Arlington (a program of the Leadership Center for Excellence), which is given to an individual or a group (through volunteerism) who has shown outstanding commitment and care to Arlington, VA citizens.
SOCARTES' founder selected as the Arlington County Virginia Sheriff's Office's inaugural "Volunteer of the Month."
SOCARTES begins an 8-week "Introduction to Business" course for inmates.
SOCARTES' founder receives the "2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Innovative Service Award" from the U.S. Department of Education Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in collaboration with the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African-Americans.
SOCARTES' founder featured in a regular Falls Church News-Press segment "Our Man in Arlington" by Charlie Clark
SOCARTES' founder's article "Inmate Management: What's Wanted Better Criminals or Citizens?" appears in the HuffPost.
SOCARTES' founder speaks at Arlington County Board meeting to seek approval to obtain complimentary access to meeting rooms at community recreational centers to offer life and business training to residents. (Comments at 38 - 40 minutes; board's responses at 1:09 - 1:17.)​
SOCARTES' founder delivers a commencement address at Fairfax County Non-Traditional High School graduation.

SOCARTES’ Accomplishments

Started an "Introduction to Business - Overview" class at the Arlington County Detention Facility.
Completed a "Life Skills" class at the Arlington County Detention Facility.
SOCRATES founder receives the "Distinguished County Service Award" from Volunteer Arlington (a program of the Leadership Center for Excellence), which is given to an individual or a group (through volunteerism) who has shown outstanding commitment and care to Arlington, VA citizens.
SOCARTES' founder selected as the Arlington County Virginia Sheriff's Office's inaugural "Volunteer of the Month."
SOCARTES begins an 8-week "Introduction to Business" course for inmates.
SOCARTES' founder receives the "2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Innovative Service Award" from the U.S. Department of Education Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in collaboration with the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African-Americans.
SOCARTES' founder featured in a regular Falls Church News-Press segment "Our Man in Arlington" by Charlie Clark
SOCARTES' founder's article "Inmate Management: What's Wanted Better Criminals or Citizens?" appears in the HuffPost.
SOCARTES' founder speaks at Arlington County Board meeting to seek approval to obtain complimentary access to meeting rooms at community recreational centers to offer life and business training to residents. (Comments at 38 - 40 minutes; board's responses at 1:09 - 1:17.)​
SOCARTES' founder delivers a commencement address at Fairfax County Non-Traditional High School graduation.
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SOCARTES President and Founder (S. L. Young) with Arlington County Sheriff Beth Arthur and his nonprofit organization’s hero — Program Manager Kristen Cane.

This picture was taken to recognize Mr. Young as for being “Volunteer of the Month” for his work with inmates at the Arlington County Detention Facility.