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

Source: S. L. Young

Note: At approximately 26 minutes, Mr. Young discusses his passion and purpose for the creation of SOCARTES 

SOCARTES is an educational non-profit founded in December 2012; its focus is to help individuals overcome personal challenges and barriers to achieve educational goals within their communities.

SOCARTES' strongly believes that challenges (e.g., tuition, transportation, past experiences) should not be a factor in an individual's ability to receive a quality education.  Moreover, SOCARTES is committed to providing individuals access to personal development opportunities, which can lead to these individuals reaching their career potential and goals. 

Saving Our Communities at Risk Through Educational Services (SOCARTES)

* 12/2015 - SOCARTES' founder's article "Inmate Management: What's Wanted Better Criminals or Citizens?" appears in The Huffington Post.

* 12/2015 - Completed a couple of 5-week classes: Business - Soft Skills and Life Skills Management at a jail

* 10/2015 - Completed an 8-week Introduction to Business class at a jail

* 7/2015 - SOCARTES' founder speaks at Arlington County Board meeting to seek approval to obtain complementary 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)

* 6/2015 - SOCARTES' founder delivers commencement addressat Fairfax County Non-Traditional High School graduation

A little less than 1 in 5.3 students nationally don't graduate high school, roughly:
  • 32% American Indian / Alaska Native;
  • 7% Asian / Pacific Islander;
  • 32% Black;
  • 24% Hispanic;
  • 15% Whites​.


Source: Dept. of Education (2012)