Eugene Linwood, Jr. founded Reaching Out Beyond Bars
(ROBB) to help save at-risk youth from behavior leading to incarceration.
Officially established in 2008, ROBB was created to make a difference
in the lives of at-risk youth both inside and outside prisons.
Eugene Linwood, Jr. was born in Peoria, Illinois with a solid foundation
intellectually and spiritually. Influenced by his parent's love for
religion, Eugene began to preach and teach when he was eight years-old,
and has been reaching people over the years in his own unique style.
As a teen, Eugene became an accomplished artist and after finishing
high school enrolled in college and worked as a disc jockey for local
radio stations. At 24 he joined the Army serving two tours of duty both
overseas and stateside. While serving in Brooklyn, New York, he counseled
youth who like himself, had been abused as a child. He went on to help
several people start a program that provided housing to homeless teens.
The Blueberry Program provided homeless teens with housing, counseling
for mental illness, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and launched
Eugene into the work that would eventually mold him into his present
In 1992, Eugene left the Army to pursue educational goals. However his
bout with PTSD and the demons of his past cast him deep into the world
of drugs, alcohol and criminal behavior. In 1994, Eugene was imprisoned
in the federal prison system where he started the difficult road to
recovery. He worked tirelessly on self-improvement before helping others.
In 2004, Eugene interviewed several young men for his informative book
'Young, Gifted & Incarcerated.' He also created an online news service
'Alternatives To Youth Crime News Service' to inform society about the
ills facing our youth nationwide. In 2006, Eugene joined forces with
Mr. Ron Fryer, President of The Insider Magazine, Inc. who sponsors
At the heart of Eugene's values is his commitment to the communities
he left behind. As a grass roots non-profit organization ROBB serves
to use all means necessary to connect with at-risk youth. Since its
establishment, the organization has introduced several projects for
at-risk youth. These projects have already begun to impact the lives
of the over 200,000 at-risk youth who enter America's jails and prisons
Thus far, Eugene has a lifetime of success and failure but with his
faith in redemption, rehabilitation and change his creation of Reaching
Out Beyond Bars is a worthwhile and rewarding project. He believes that
ROBB is the launching pad into his future work as the "voice"
of the youth through radio, television and print media. Eugene Linwood,
Jr. has only just begun.
The ROBB program includes several hardworking individuals who have come
together as a team sharing the same passion and concern for at-risk
To uplift at-risk youth and inspire them to achieve their dreams and
become a choice for change within their communities.
To bring global awareness to the cause of the mass incarceration of
America's at-risk youth. To place a spotlight on juvenile delinquency,
drug and alcohol abuse, gang and gun violence in hopes of creating community
awareness and change. To train at-risk youth to become mentors and advocates
to prevent juvenile incarceration.
The projects of ROBB show the depth of our commitment to young people.
These projects are geared toward helping them develop proper principles
to achieve their dreams. ROBB offers a variety of innovative projects
that will not only educate young people, but also demonstrate meaningful,
effective practices and a strong connection to the community.
ROBB Community Safehouse Project
is a community based 24 hour safehouse that provides a safe haven for
at-risk youth. The Safehouse is operated by professional staff and will
provide education, recreation and self-improvement classes to aid in
the upliftment of young people.
ROBB Gang Intervention Project
offers an alternative to gang violence by providing enhanced learning
and behavior modules, motivational enhancement and social learning skills.
Several classes in Parenting, Self-Improvement, Personal Finance and
Anger Management are conducted to reduce criminal conduct, decrease
antisocial behavior leading to incarceration and provide viable options
to drug sales and several other criminal acts against self and society.
ROBB Mentoring Project provides
mentoring to at-risk youth with the goal of offering support, building
character, and promoting healthy development. Mentoring effects social
activities, academic performance, attitudes, behavior, relationships with
others, self-concept and social/cultural enrichment.
ROBB Prisoner Support Project
offers young prisoners counseling, mentoring and educational tutoring
to promote self-improvement and foster respect, rehabilitation and change.
The support project prepares prisoners for release with employability,
parenting, communication, thinking and self-regulation skills for overall
preparedness for family and community living.
ROBB Newsletter is intended
to convey our messages to inform prisoners, the community and other free
world supporters on a variety of issues related to at-risk youth both
inside and outside the criminal justice system.
ROBB Books Project offers
several self-help books and booklets that deal directly with the problems
at-risk youth face and offer solutions. ROBB Books offers books from incarcerated
youth and others who share our vision and mission for publication.
ROBB X-pressions Project
works to distribute our many messages on clothing and other items bearing
the ROBB logo and our unique educational, inspirational and social messages.
ROBB X-pressions will provide employment opportunities to members who
are at-risk youth through the distribution of ROBB clothing, etc.
ROBB Sponsorship Project
believes that our working together produces a positive environment and
provides alternatives to at-risk youth negative conduct. ROBB believes
that partnering with others to support our communities and keep our youth
safe helps to fulfill our mission.
America For Youth Foundation
The Insider Magazine, Inc.
Campaign For Youth Justice Organization
United States Department of Education
Great Gifts of South Dakota
Christian's Custom Cards
Reaching Out Beyond Bars Staff
Eugene Linwood, Jr.
Ronald C. Fryer
Sponsor/Public& Media Relations
Special Projects Coordinator
ROBB National Office
13023 NE Hwy. 99 Suite 7
Box 110 Vancouver, WA 98686
ROBB's offices do not accept collect calls.
ROBB cannot respond to requests for legal help.