The Breakthrough Foundation was an independent non-profit organization dedicated to changing the direction of thousands of young people’s lives through the Youth at Risk Program. The project won national acclaim for its outstanding results in turning around the lives of young people who were severely at risk for drug abuse, unemployment, and violent crime. The National Institute of Justice studied the Youth At Risk Program and found a significant reduction in recidivism. President George H.W. Bush recognized the Breakthrough Foundation as one of his "thousand points of light."
Independent studies conducted in 1985, 1986, and 1988 of participants of the Youth at Risk program showed that in suceeding years after taking the program felony crime was reduced by up to 50%; drug use was reduced by 33%; truancy was reduced by nearly 75%; and employment hours worked increased by 550%.
A 1984 study showed the Youth at Risk Program group had an overall subsequent incident recidivism rate of 34.7 percent, compared to 55.1 percent for the comparison group (comparable youths who did not participate in the Youth At Risk program). The overall serious offense recidivism rate (18.4 percent) was less than half that of the comparison group (40.8 percent). National Institute of Justice Evaluation of Youth at Risk Program
Youth At Risk West - Serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in California, they empower youth to create a positive life worth living. Producing extraordinary results through community mentoring, Youth at Risk’s vision is to unlock futures so that youth in trouble do not have to become adults in trouble.
Youth At Risk and Transform Coaching - Transform Coaching goes back to the origins of the “Youth at Risk” methodology – powerful performance coaching delivered on a foundation of transformational personal development – and couples it with an accreditation from Edinburgh University.
In 1988 Werner Erhard was presented the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award:
“In honor of your notable effort to end the starvation and hunger suffered by millions throughout the world and for drawing broad public awareness to the value of integrity in our everyday lives.”