Organizational Overview

The Problem

Currently over 2,000 young people aged 12-22 are detained in youth detention centers throughout the state of Georgia. The majority of these youth are from lower socioeconomic communities in Georgia, and struggle with having their physical and mental health needs addressed. Georgia ranks 47 out of 50 states when it comes to for access to mental health care, resources and insurance. Because these services are not easily accessible, the underlying challenges of trauma that lead to at risk behavior are not properly addressed. This has contributed to youth incarceration, self medication, the opioid crisis, and 50% of these youth returning to detention in less than 2 years. 

Our Solution

Showcase Group provides support to incarcerated youth and their families by implementing psychosocial services such as advocacy and family and individual therapy by trained professionals. Our social and emotional growth programs also support this population in making better choices and prepares them for adult healthy living. Paired with advocacy, each participant experiences programming that is culturally relevant, easily accessible, and addresses the issues of trauma, residential care, education, and employment pathways – ultimately resulting in the reduction of recidivism.


Strengthen system involved youth and families through psychological and personal development services.


All youth have the resources needed to ensure they never face incarceration.

Our Theory of Change

Through advocacy, case management, and social emotional learning services and programs, Showcase Group provides system-involved youth and their communities the psychological tools required to break the cycle of generational incarceration. As each client moves through Showcase Group’s community-centric behavioral health journey, they are connected to resources within four critical areas: education, employment, housing and mental health.

Organizational Milestones To Date


Received key philanthropic support via private and public partnerships expanding our reach and impact

Broke ground on a residential facility to support at-risk youth

Due to COVID-19, we transitioned our SWAG Bag Initiative to be fully digital and trained new Youth Advocate volunteers via Zoom


5 GA DJJ facilities 187 justice-involved youth completed SEI Workshop

DBHDD Curriculum Development for Certified Peer Specialist

Future Foundation (year 3 PRIES study)

Recipient of Arthur M Blank Family Foundation Grant


10 participant pilot SWAG Bag Advocacy (1 participant returned, 6 education, 2 employment, and 1 mental health, 0 residential connection)

334 youth completing SEI workshops

Future Foundation 18/40 participants qualify for advocacy (year 2 study)

Executive Director, John Kennebrew, was admitted to the Center for Civic Innovation Fellowship Program


391 Workshop participants in community after school programs and detention centers

Participated in Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle and won the Annie E, Casey Foundation’s Funder Pitch Competition

Our Pillars
  • Delinquency Diversion Programming that provides exposure to Cultural Arts, Workforce Development, and Educational Resources
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence workshops help identify, enhance and have youth and families apply positive behaviors needed to achieve and sustain a life without incarceration.
  • Educates and trains families, volunteers and strategic partners to effect positive change based on Showcase Group principles.
  • Tangible programs that provide a visionary experience and help youth determine a destination for a better future. The Lunch of Champions exposes youth to the trials and triumphs of community based “Champions” to enable them to envision a positive outlook for their future.
  • Many incarcerated youth become homeless, especially when aging out of the foster care system. We understand that a therapeutic home environment for youth to build trusting relationships helps to prepare them for the future. This pillar enables youth to learn effective principles to apply successfully in life, ultimately meeting their own personal needs.
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence tools and techniques that deliver personal and psychological growth. Based on Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, self-actualization is the highest level of self-growth where one reaches their fullest potential.

Three Year Goals

  • 600 Participants engaged in 5-month process with no return to detention
  • 300 Advocates cleared and registered to provide advocacy and case management to justice involved youth and families
  • Hire 2 Full-Time Social Workers
  • Total Beneficiary Market Size: 2.1 million youth interactions with justice system
  • Addressable Beneficiary Market Size: 67,000 detained youth in USA
  • Initial Beneficiary Market Size: 2,000 young people aged 12-22 detained in youth detention centers throughout the state of Georgia

Revenue Streams

  • Advocacy and Case Management Services
  • Social Emotional Learning Workshops
  • Consulting and Curriculum Development

Metrics for Success

Outcomes Method Used Description
Recidivism Percentage Rate of return to juvenile justice system within 24 months
Pathway Connections Number Resource providers in Education, Employment, Housing, and Mental Health
Social Emotional Intelligence Qualitative assessment Increase in SEI based on Showcase Group proprietary assessment and PANAS


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