STARTING A NEW CLASS
To give you an idea of what a typical 90-minute class is like, CLICK on the URL to download a PDF of a SAMPLE Best Self, Be You Only Better class for inmates.
Transformation is not easy. A handful of inmates at RCI are going to experience a life coaching/book club class starting this week. I'm expecting a new group from a new dorm. I asked to be an influencer with the new arrivals. Again, when it comes to our criminal justice system we can agree on one thing—we all want prisoners to come out better than when they came in. We have to decide what kind of neighbors we want—ones with less than a high school education, and on top of that, unaddressed behavior and addiction problems? Or, do we want ones who have taken steps to overcome obstacles, cultivated their character, found their voice and improved their communication skills, all of which makes them more eligible to become a taxpaying contributor to society?
Yes, we'll be coloring in Best Self book club. Resiliency doodles. I have a bucket load of inspiration to dump on these guys.
NEW PROGRAMMING for Ridgeland Correctional Institute
Certified WhyTry Facilitator, Jodie Randisi
Much needed resiliency training for inmates.
Your support makes it possible for me to continue volunteer programs designed to rehabilitate and prepare prisoners for re-entry into society.
Why is this important and worthy of your support?
We made the news, not once but twice. Here's a clip about Toastmasters Behind Bars:
When it comes to our criminal justice system we can agree on one thing—we all want prisoners to come out better than when they came in. We have to decide what kind of neighbors we want—ones with less than a high school education, and on top of that, unaddressed behavior and addiction problems? Or, do we want ones who have taken steps to overcome obstacles, cultivated their character, found their voice and improved their communication skills, all of which makes them more eligible to become a taxpaying contributor to society?
Being incarcerated doesn’t diminish a human being’s value. That’s why I go to Ridgeland on Wednesdays. Your donation will help support and sustain Toastmasters behind bars as well as keep the Adult Coloring class and prison book club well supplied.
As Treasurer of the club, I pay the inmate’s Toastmasters International membership dues, record educational awards, and obtain resources from TI’s website. When you donate to sponsor a specific inmate, please note his name. A new member’s cost for 6 months is $65, or $110 for a year. Renewing an existing club member costs is $45 for 6 months or $90 for a year. If your donation is for non-specific, please note that we will make sure your support goes to inmates who cannot pay their dues from their own funds.
"To the sponsors of the Ridgeland Toastmaster club, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to have the opportunity to participate in this club. It has definitely been a life-changing experience." R. B., Secretary, Ridgeland Toastmasters
"I want to thank you all for helping us by sponsoring us here at Ridgeland Toastmasters. This program has helped us so much and in so many ways. I love this class and look forward to joining a club on the outside and continuing my growth." E.B
"Tremendous thanks to the sponsors of my newly developed character and positive personality and personal growth. God bless!" R.H.
Coloring Therapy for the Soul has been a huge success!
I no longer teach the class. The inmates, now dubbed the Coloring Gurus, run the weekly class. Word has spread throughout the dorm— COLORING THERAPY FOR THE SOUL is fun and it works!
"Since I started this class, I haven’t stopped coloring. I found that I have had some kind of ability left, but I needed the right person to help me awaken that which was asleep for some time. I can’t wait for my class to come each week because there is more to learn. With the right teacher, one who is willing to pass on her knowledge, much can be accomplished for the benefit of all involved. Ms. Jodie, I thank you for your caring, your kindness, and yes, your great big heart. Because you took the time to make a bunch of men realize that we still have worth. May you be blessed, along with your family, to continue on your mission in bringing joy to those in need. May your palette always be filled with many good memories and your case with many beautiful colors to be put to good use." M.H.
"Ms. Jodie, I enjoy your class. I’ve found that coloring frees my mind of this place. P.S. I’m color blind."
"When I first signed up for this class, I didn’t know what to expect, but I must say that my expectations were pleasantly exceeded. This class is very calming. It is a great stress reliever. I have learnt an awful lot in a short length of time and would recommend this class to everyone. Ms. Jodie is a great person, donating her time and resources, and that in itself is a wonderful thing. Thanks, Ms. Jodie for all that you do for us here at RCI. I wish you all the best in any and all your endeavors."
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- Michael Ferola
- Erik Hund