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Living the Martin Luther King Legacy or Alcatraz Nightmare:The Untold Story of Children Behind Bars
Each year millions of people celebrate the freedom and tolerance that was dreamt by Martin Luther King Jr.and every year thousands of children are locked up for committing a crime. These nameless faces have untold stories of pain and desperation.
Having served in the U.S. Marine and the U.S. Army with over 20 years of dedicated service, Keith “Sarge” Gibbs was heartbroken to see an ongoing cycle of youths throwing their lives away. In his quest to stop this cycle, he created a non-profit organization which works with detained juveniles and troubled youths to provide physical, academic and social programs that teach today's youth basic life skills which enable them to feel capable and successful in their lives. In addition, the organization offers adult programming to encourage and sustain the parents of the children in the youth programs.
Through various Sarges Community Base programs the children and the parents are taught good family values of respect, discipline and hard work. Dealing with out of control teens is a daunting job for any parent; most parents are scared of their own children and have no control over them. Having seen Keith “Sarges” in action, when he asks anyone to “Drop down and give me 50” you tend to think twice and are forced to look at life from a different perspective. Sarges community Base addresses the many shortfalls of the juvenile detention legal system. Most of the detained children lack guidance, they have been subjected to horrific experiences of rape, torture and neglect and as a result they are rebellious and lack discipline.
The Juvenile detention centers do not have resources to adequately pay attention to each detainee – it is a jail and there is no room for the ability to express oneself and parents are not part of the program. Sarges community Base programs work with the detainees and parents to instill discipline in both parties.
You have the opportunity to make a difference in this community by helping to give these children an opportunity to live the lives of good, hard working citizens. By attending the Spirit of Achievement Fundraiser, to be held at 4:30pm on Saturday February 26, 2011 in Pasadena, you get to hear their stories first hand. To give you an illustration of the state of juvenile centers and their impact on detainees and why Sarges Community Base programs are a more effective program to break the juvenile cycle, see the following link to Time Magazine’s “Photographs from "No Place for Children: Voices From Juvenile Detention" by Steve Liss, University of Texas Press." http://www.time.com/
ABOUT SARGES COMMUNITY
Sarges Community Base, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing physical, academic and social programs that teach today's youth basic life skills which enable them to feel capable and successful in their lives. In addition, we offer adult programming to encourage and sustain the parents of the children in our youth programs. For more information visit http://sargescommunitybase.org
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