The passion could tear down the walls, The enthusiasm could lift the roof and the eager eyes ready to learn lifted from their computer screens. All eyes fell on me. I was in a room filled with prisoners... learning to code.
"The deck is stacked against you and there isn't a person around that wants you to succeed! I believe this is your new beginning, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE YOUR END! But You need to be so da*n good that they HAVE to need you! You need to be so good, that they have to pay attention to you. You need to be so good, that they have to ask someone 'Who is that? What is their name?' YOU NEED TO BE SO GOOD THAT THEY LEARN how to pronounce your name correctly. Be so good, that you... are undeniable."
No internet, lessons and work pre-prepared. The prisoners have nothing on their side for success except the amazing people that put on this program, their heart, their stamina and their sheer will NOT TO be denied. They are working hard, putting in the hours to produce a better version of themselves.
I supported this program right away for a BIG reason. This is the situation of not giving a man a fish but teaching him to fish. You are giving an actual tool to these humans, to change the outcome of their lives. They are landing decent jobs when they get out which will deter them from wanting to return. They can freelance, they can pay their bills and not be swayed back into their old lifestyles!
Positive Impact Creates Positive Impact!
The reason why this program exists is there is factual proof that shows the recidivism rate for inmates that learns to code drops close to ZERO. Working with these inmates, I was able to see their drive to create change in their lives.
Now if these people can push themselves to get to the point of creating the change they want with ALL OF THE ODDS against them. Then shouldn't you be able to hit the goals you are going for?
"Why is it so hard to learn to code? Why can't I pick up code easily? Why is it so painful to learn how to program?! Why is this happening to me!?!"
WHY NOT YOU! It should happen to all of us! The greatest pains have hardened all of us into who we currently are. Embrace the circumstance to reach the level you want to achieve!
If a prisoner can see the light at the end of the tunnel. If they can say "I will not go quietly into the night! I will not give up!" Then you can too! You are phenomenal beyond measure! It is time to act like it. Recognize how valuable you are, shock your mind and SHOW YOURSELF how amazing you are!
I am Danny Thompson and I can't wait to see how amazing you become.
You can find me on twitter @dthompsondev