Finding Freedom in Jail

Finding Freedom & Hope Behind Locked Doors & Steel Bars

By Julie Driskill

This next week I have the privilege of finishing up a six week Path Curriculum Program at two nearby county juvenile detention centers here in southern Ohio. It has been quite a ride! In fact, I think this has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding teaching experiences I have ever experienced. Helping young people, especially the most troubled youth, is always a thrill, but these sessions have been especially rewarding. I love the famous saying, “There are two great days in a person’s life; the day you were born and the day you discover why.” Encouraging kids to dream again and attempting to convince them of their inherent value and potential is tricky. That task has been even more daunting as these students have found themselves in the throes of juvenile detention. The Path program has been our guide as each young person has attempted to detach from mistakes of their past and...

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Empowering Families and Youth in Ohio

Empowering Families & Providing Hope Along An Inspired Path

By Julie Driskill, Director of DEFY Mentoring and certified Path Instructor

Defining SUCCESS is difficult.  Most people equate it with wealth, power, and happiness. But true success, a harvest, is not a thing you acquire or achieve. It is not a destination, but a journey - a GROWTH PROCESS you embark on your whole life long. For over forty years an Ohio non-profit organization, Family & Youth Initiatives, has set out to build transformative MENTORING relationships to “empower families and provide hope” for all who dare venture that inspired path. Connecting families and individuals to view the world in a deeper, more inspired way, FYI has built strong foundations for growth through education, training, and support over the years:

  • Parenting Networks – three locations in surrounding communities assisting with unplanned pregnancies or individuals seeking educational tools to become a better...
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