Who we are

Youth Improvement Services, Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides assistance to at-risk youth and other disadvantaged individuals in need of services to help them become employable, so they can take care of themselves and their families.  

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Deroll Barrett (Workforce Development Professional)

Executive Director

Mr. Barrett is the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Improvement Services. He has over 15 years of experience working with youth in educational, residential and community settings. He has used his leadership skills to develop and lead teams for the past 6 years, in providing social development programs to youth. These highly effective programs have catered to up to 400 youth at a time. Deroll is experienced in leading operations for dormitories, recreation centers, student leadership programs, a child development center, and a Solo Parent program to ensure efficiency. He has managed a budget of $2.5 million per year in a federally funded program for at-risk youth. He earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of the West Indies. He will use this experience and entrepreneurial ability to make YIS successful by providing high-quality services to program participants and stakeholders.

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Tamara Vickers (Administrative Professional)

Board Chair 

Ms. Vickers has been a Legal Administrative Professional for the past 10 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the West Indies. She has volunteered extensively with organizations that support youth development and is excited to be a founding member of the Youth Improvement Services board.

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TeAndra Walton (Owner, Quality Tax and Accounting Solutions)


Ms. Walton is a seasoned accounting and tax professional who previously worked with the Mississippi Department of Revenue as an Auditor and Accountant. Among her many pursuits, she is currently the Owner of a tax and accounting business and is the Director of Operations for Gordon Medical Arts in Clinton, MS. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Jackson State University and is working towards a Master of Business Administration Degree at Belhaven University. Her extensive experience in accounting, internal controls, bookkeeping and auditing will assist with keeping our organization fully compliant with laws, regulations and ordinances.

Othneal Wilson (Job Corps Director)


Mr. Wilson has been an educator for the past 18 years and is currently a Director of Student Support Services in the federally funded Job Corps Program. Mr. Wilson's areas of expertise include outreach and admissions, residential management, recreation programming, health and wellness services, security and transportation, behavior management and education and training. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Education Degree from the University of the West Indies. He is strongly committed to empowering at-risk youth.

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Andrew Breland  (Licensed Professional Counselor)

Board Member

Mr. Breland is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned his Master’s of Science in Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) from William Carey University in 2015 and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theater (Vocal Performance) in 2009. Andrew is passionate about working with at-risk youth and has extensive experience working with socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. He will use his knowledge, professional experience and community connections to help move the organization forward. 

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460 Briarwood Drive

Suite 400-40

Jackson, MS 39206

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DUNS Number: 080398644​

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