Building Roads to Brighter Futures for Foster Youth

Doing Good Works is a social enterprise that uses a portion of the profits from its promotional and custom branded products to improve lives in the at-risk and foster youth communities. Launched in in 2015, their desire is to change the outcomes that many foster youth face, especially in their local communities of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

 

Statistics show that out of all children in California foster care, 38 percent are located in Los Angeles County and out of the youth who have aged out, 50 percent end up homeless or incarcerated. At Doing Good Works, these statistics are unacceptable. The social enterprise calls it their “collective passion” to find solutions that will better chances for success in adulthood and remove barriers that unnecessarily limit youth in the foster care community.

 

Out of all children in California foster care, 38 percent are located in Los Angeles County and out of the youth who have aged out, 50 percent end up homeless or incarcerated.

 

The core of their social mission is the 10/20/30 model. They give 10 percent of their profits to programs that serve the at-risk and foster youth communities, they spend 20 percent of their time volunteering and giving back to the community at-large, and they hire 30 percent of their employees from the at risk/foster youth population.

 

 

The 10 percent profit donation is put to use in a multitude of ways. As a for-profit social enterprise, they have the flexibility to support different programs depending on varying needs of the community, wherever they see an opportunity to make a difference. Doing Good Works offers their “Mindset Matters” character development curriculum to other organizations that are serving this population. This training curriculum teaches skills to succeed in life and career via eight core fundamentals. They also grant wishes for foster youth across the nation through their partnership with One Simple Wish, and help individuals with job placement and workforce development.

 

We love finding new ways to connect with the community and deliver our mission to help change outcomes.

 

What they find wonderful about their work is that their mission is not limited. The social enterprise knows that each youth they work with has a different situation and requires a different roadmap to empowerment. From helping a community member with first and last month’s rent to help them get off the street, to celebrating a youth’s birthday via Anaheim Ducks hockey game, they love finding new ways to connect with the community and deliver their mission to help change outcomes.

 

From Doing Good Works:

We joined SEA to continue fostering relationships and connect with other groups who have the same desire to use business as a way to do good in the lives of others. We love the social enterprise model because it combines business and a social mission without having to sacrifice either. The Social Enterprise Alliance has helped us connect with other organizations to amplify their brand and give back all at the same time. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationships with SEA members and hope we can create more opportunities within this wonderful group of change-makers.

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