Youth Assistance Foundation

Fulton Homes is very involved with The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Youth Assistance Foundation (YAF) and is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization (Tax ID # 74-2462242). The foundation supports programs that prevent youth violence and promotes social development, good role models, and positive interaction with law enforcement. The promotion of youth health and wellness programs in our community that strengthen the family unit is the cornerstone of our future. The Sheriff's Office, in partnership with community leaders, sponsors fund raising activities for the organization's youth activities. Established in 1985, the YAF consists of a board of directors (including Doug Fulton) comprised of business and civic leaders volunteering their time for the betterment of the community. YAF supports the following programs:

Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Each year the Youth Assistance Foundation partners with the Sheriff's Office to hold a Christmas toy drive. New toys are collected from around Maricopa County from businesses and other interested parties. The toys are then distributed to needy families and groups whose children would otherwise have little or nothing at Christmas.

Explorer Scout Post
Explorer Scout Posts allow young individuals from the ages of 14 and 21 to become familiar with and involved with law enforcement personnel. Sponsored by Boy Scouts of America, the Sheriff’s Explorers learn about law enforcement’s different aspects by working with various deputies in the field. Many of these Explorers go on to successful careers as employees with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

G.R.E.A.T. Program
The G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Program is a school based, law enforcement officer instructed classroom curriculum. Its primary objective is intended as prevention against delinquency, youth violence and gang membership. The program has four components to include elementary school, middle school, a summer program and families training.

Red Mountain Academy
A nonprofit headquartered in Phoenix; the academy provides an environment that improves self-esteem, spiritual formation, job and life skills while establishing a foundation in academics and service for inner-city children. The programs include after school tutoring, weekly class room monitoring sessions, light employment opportunities and an internship placement program.

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
The mission of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in young people.

College Scholarship Program
The college scholarship program has been established by the Youth Assistance Foundation Board of Directors to assist outstanding members of Explorer Scout Posts in furthering their education in preparation for a career as a Sheriff’s Deputy, sworn police officer or detention officer. The scholarship is awarded twice each year, in July for the fall Semester and November for the winter semester. The funds are directed to defer the cost of tuition, fees and text books with applicants meeting strict selection requirements. Offering the scholarship is also a recruiting tool for the Explorer Scout Post.

Youth Boxing Team
Y.A.F. sponsors a non-profit boxing team that was started by long-time posse member Walt Hoskins in April 1987. This program was created to give boys ages 8 through 18 a positive alternative to gangs and drugs. The program’s main goals are to teach boys about commitment, discipline, and team work, as well as to provide an excellent resource for building and maintaining self-esteem and confidence. The team relies on funding from the Y.A.F. for equipment as well as expenses associated with numerous tournaments they attend each year. In conjunction with the Youth Assistance Foundation, this boxing program has built a solid foundation and is growing rapidly every day.

S.T.A.R.S. Program
The S.T.A.R.S. (Sheriff Teaching Abuse Resistance to Students) Program is a 12 hour, online course, including hands on community service project for grade school through junior high students. It is a school based computer e-learning program utilizing interactive activities, graphics, photographs, animations and videos that embrace learning. The program is derived from the latest principals of preventing adolescent involvement in drugs, alcohol use, violence and gangs. S.T.A.R.S. was developed to transcend the D.A.R.E. program by being more flexible in its curriculum and less restrictive in the certification necessary to teach. The basis of the program is to teach life skills with the principal objective of prevention. The course is hosted by the Fulton Homes online e-learning system.

For additional information about these programs visit the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office web site at:

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