Help Jodie Rehabilitate Prisoners

$3,156 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 35 people in 16 months

NEW PROGRAMMING for Ridgeland Correctional Institute 
Certified WhyTry Facilitator, Jodie Randisi

Much needed resiliency training for inmates.  


First class starting summer 2018. My goal is to train a few select inmates who can facilitate this training to other inmates. Check back for results and testimonies! 


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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Coloring Therapy for the Soul has been given new life and wings. I no longer facilitate the class, the inmates do! They've received their Coloring Guru certificates and word is spreading about how great COLORING THERAPY for the SOUL is for inmates. The creativity is healing. The experience is soothing. It's all so good.
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NEW PROGRAMMING for Ridgeland Correctional Institute 
Certified WhyTry Facilitator, Jodie Randisi

Much needed resiliency training for inmates.  

First class starting summer 2018. My goal is to train a few select inmates who can facilitate this training to other inmates. Check back for results and testimonies! 
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SOUTH CAROLINA PRISON MELEE

State prisons in South Carolina are currently in crisis mode. They need to figure out how their government agency can repair itself when resources are so limited. It’s like I tell my kids and grandkids, do what you can with what you have.

SCDC has hundreds of volunteers who support a positive culture behind bars with educational, spiritual, and self-improvement programming. Volunteers could do a lot more if we could uncover more like-minded individuals who, if they can’t volunteer at a prison, could donate funds to sustain existing programs. After that, there's the need to implement new programming that's been on hold due to a lack of finances and/or volunteers.

I’d like to bring your attention to two programs that require finances at this time.

If you haven’t heard, Toastmasters has the potential to change the course of an inmate’s life, both inside prison and upon release. It would be great if part of SCDC’s plan to recover from the deadly prison riot in the US in 25 years included funding for prison Toastmaster clubs. Of the three clubs now in existence, only one has financial support from a non-profit. The other two have to raise their own funds to cover the cost of membership dues for its members.

Apparently, the news is spreading. I’ve recently learned of two more South Carolina institutions that would like to establish a Toastmasters club at their facility, the cost to charter a club is $1425, which accommodates 20 motivated inmates. One is the women’s prison in Columbia and the other is a federal prison in Estill.

Did you know that Toastmasters offers inmates a genuine chance to reenter society empowered with self-confidence and better communication skills?

Be sure to get to the end of this post and watch the video and then read about the program that's on hold called WhyTry?

The WhyTry? program is used nationwide in thousands of prisons, detention centers, jails, halfway houses, probation departments, and residential treatment programs throughout the country. It’s designed to increase resilience and pro-social behaviors. The goal is not solely to teach but to model, demonstrate, and help participants to access their motivation, potential, resilience, and personal strength.

WhyTry? for Corrections has been approved for Ridgeland Correctional Institute. I’ve acquired the curriculum but not the WhyTry? Game Plan journals. The process of selecting participants and scheduling is on hold until further notice. For one thing, all but two prisons are on lockdown due to the April 15th incident where 7 inmates were murdered and 12 were injured at Lee Correctional. For another, 15 journals cost $180 plus tax, shipping, and incidentals. I estimate the entire total cost for this 11-week class to be around $500.
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Many generous people responded to my recent request to help Ridgeland Toastmasters with their membership dues. Gratitude is important, so here's a small sample from the (unedited) thank you notes I collected from Ridgeland Toastmasters. You could get one in the mail, but I had to share the gratitude immediately.

"As a recipient of your generosity, I am truly grateful and will strive to do my very best to prove worthy of your donation."

This guy has an engineering degree and is very well spoken and respected among the staff at RCI. He needs to be a leader in our club, for sure.

"Hello,
I’m VP of Education of Ridgeland Toastmasters and I would love to thank you for your contributions towards our club. Your contributions is a blessing so once again, thank you."

This guy is the hardest working dude in the club. His plan is to polish himself so when he gets out he can take over his father’s business and “bring some respect” to his family.

"Thank you for your act of kindness and know that I accept this gift which the purpose of becoming a competent leader and communicator, so money well spent."

This guy is a helper in medical and he invited the nursing staff to come hear him speak at our recent contest. They were so impressed with Toastmasters and their helper’s speaking ability.

I am so grateful for all the help provided. Many thanks! #blessed Jodie
Expressing gratitude
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Raised by 35 people in 16 months
Created March 21, 2017
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