YRI Inspiration

Youth Rescue Initiative is inspired by the life of Joey Georgusis, a fun-loving and engaging young man who is memorialized by this program of promise.

Joey Georgusis

Joey Georgusis

Youth Rescue Initiative is the culmination of a dream that a young man longed to see fulfilled.  Although his family was blessed to have him for only twenty-three short years, Joey Georgusis' spirit will live on through his desire to help others.  He cared deeply for the less fortunate and the troubled.  He especially wanted to bring better opportunities to children.

Youth Rescue Initiative is the catalyst where Joey's creativity will shine.  His love will be felt by all those he wished to provide life changing opportunities for whom may not have had them otherwise.

He will forever be remembered for his generosity to others and his great love for his friends and family.

YRI Vision
The Youth Rescue Initiative (YRI) is a 501c (3)  public charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Greater New Orleans by creating structured opportunity and discipline for area at-risk youth.  The YRI implements this vision through the development of programs designed to build leadership and confidence thus instilling life-long skills.

YRI Mission
The YRI mission is to identify at-risk youth during their age of innocence, build structure and discipline within this group so as they age and reach their age of reason, they have the requisite technical and social skills to function in a positive manner.  Many of these at-risk youth fail to develop these skills at a young age because of failures in the family structure and/or failures of select social institutions.  It is the intent of the YRI to identify these gaps and create skills that help breed future success.  The YRI achieves this by partnering with a variety of area academic, government, business and charitable institutions.  Since the inception of the YRI during May 2008, YRI programs developed and/or administered with select partners have touched the lives of over 70,000 at-risk area youth.