at-risk teens to discover their greatness
Updated: October 21st, 2008
ignite within teens a life-long desire for learning, cultivate
an awareness of limitless potential, seek greater reward, develop
big dreams which lead to happier more productive lives."
offer innovative, positively reinforced leadership workshops,
developed by judges for judges, offering “at risk teens”
an alternative to punishment in courts. We introduce teens to
community organizations offering school tutoring, GED training,
internships, and a multitude of other mentoring and training
opportunities. Our programs create self-motivation, a desire
for community involvement, and develop leadership skills.
Our Mission Possible pilot
program is developed by judges for judges who offer a new possibility
for teens in lieu of punishment or fines. This educational intervention
alternative will create huge benefits for the teens, their families,
their schools, their communities, and the judicial system.
Our court systems are currently under great strain. Unfortunately,
most judges are left with few options to choose from when dealing
with teens referred to their courts.
2.5 MILLION TEXAS DROPOUTS
What if I
told you that nearly half of inner city Texas high school students
were dropping out of school? Would you consider that a social crisis?
Statewide, each graduation class has at least 120,000 fewer students
than started in their freshman class, with more than 2.5 million
students dropping out of Texas schools during the past 20 years,
according to the San Antonio-based
Intercultural Development Research Association - IDRA
Change Young Lives Forever
was founded by Judge Charles Webb. Judge Webb, a former elected
Justice of the Peace who is currently offering his services as a
"visiting judge" in Travis County Justice Courts.
Judge Webb observed that the courts' limited resources and limited
time with each teen often resulted in a revolving door of contact
with "at risk teens”. Judge Webb determined that in addition
to the waste of human resources, the potential costs to society
of failing to motivate teens in a positive direction, would be exponential.
He felt compelled to think outside the box and to attempt to find
a better way. He is now actively working to pull together
community resources, individual volunteers, corporate and individual
sponsors, and inspired facilitators to continue to develop a program
that will surely change the lives of teens.
Caring and Concerned Community
communities, corporations, and individual resources that are available
in this program are substantial and growing. While having a sincere
concern about the welfare of the youth of our community, we all
recognize the huge social costs of doing nothing. Together, we can
open young minds to possibilities that they have never considered.
We welcome mentors, sponsors, and contributors who share our passion.
Professionals and business owners are encouraged to offer summer
internships for qualifying teens.
Mentor and Monitor Process
Possible programs ignite big dreams, desire to seek greater rewards,
and better lives. Many teens are desperately seeking adult approval,
recognition, and encouragement. Mentor a child and change a life.
We have found that as powerful as we believe our program to be,
individual follow-up and monitoring is critical. It is a certainty
that the more adult attention and recognition, the better the chances
help to open young minds to possibilities that they have never considered.
We welcome mentors, sponsors, and contributors of personal time
and money. Professionals, non -profits, charitable organizations,
and business owners are encouraged to offer summer internships,
training and goods for “at risk” teens. We are a 501
(c) 3 tax exempt Non-Profit Corporation. All profits go toward the
furtherance of Our Mission Possible. Your donations are tax deductible