Juvenile Hall Program
Hidden away in the inner city all over this great land of ours, is a group of young men and women who have broken the law and are now paying for their mistakes. Their ages range from 8 years old to 21 years and they call home, Juvenile Hall.
Some of the younger ones got in trouble because the Old Gs, who they looked up to, got them involved in the illegal games of the street. Others were put in “jail” by their parents for any number of reasons: they could not handle them at home, they skipped school, physically abused parents or siblings, shoplifted, etc.
I have met car jackers, rapists, burglars, drug addicts and pushers and even murderers in the 20+ years I have been working n the juvenile system. And as I look back and remember the children that I have met, one thing comes to mind. They respond to love and appreciation just like us. Yes, there are children in the system that have done some terrible things and they do need to take responsibility and accept the consequences for their actions. There are, however so many that can be turned around and set straight and we can reach them by listening, encouraging, guiding and loving them.
I am proud to say that Inner City Slickers does just that.