Redirect Kids for Success: A Prison Prevention Curriculum Made with Inmates and Their Teacher
This manual was originally born from an idea that began with one-hundred and sixty 6th graders and their health teacher at Iao Intermediate School in Hawaii.
When students were asked,
“What do you really need?”
“How can I help?”
“What can we do together to make things better for others?”
They gave volumes of honest, heartfelt answers.
Four books and many years later, I was invited to ask these same questions to a group of men and women at the Maui County Correctional Center.
After several meetings with the inmates, they identified a need in our community that would help their kids. They asked if we could make a book and a workbook that was designed for kids who were failing in school and struggling with pressing challenges.
We followed the same format the intermediate school kids taught me. We asked questions, made lists, and brainstormed possible solutions for difficult situations.
This book and the workbook are the results of our efforts.
We spent many hours collaborating and working together to produce an outcome that is unique in its concept. Inmates and one teacher worked together to write books to help kids headed in the wrong direction. Thus, the title, Redirecting Kids for Success.
This book is the first of four volumes that contain a collection of “How to Lessons”, thoughts, and ideas.
I do not know the full measure these books will influence others for good. My hope is to always remember the positive experience it was for me.