At great risk of ruining our reputation (by helping out a robed reader) but in the spirit of the holidays and such, and because we can put aside our petty differences and recognize that the "I'm Ready" program is a very worthwhile program, we re-print this request for help which arrived in our email in-box:
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I need your help......If you could post this on your Blog, I hope I can fill 12 open mentor spots with some of your loyal readers.....Thanks
As many of you know, the 'I'm Ready' program was started by Judge Bloom to accommodate youthful offenders who were interested in accepting Boot Camp as a way towards a second chance, but who because of a physical ailment were not permitted to participate in the physically demanding program. I'm ready employs the same military/discipline approach to reforming youthful offenders, but replaces the most physically demanding aspects with a more mentally challenging approach.
I have worked hard to integrate the "Im Ready" program into the current Boot Camp program whereby they will be enrolled in the Boot Camp as a cadet (with lower impact) due to any physical obstacles or mental challenges they face. But I believe it creates tolerance and acceptance by all who participate. No bullying will be tolerated, no isolating those that are in the low impact component. They enter as a enter as defendants, they leave as cadets/students.
As the Co-Chair to Beth Bloom, I am asking you to please send this message out to your readers to help get 23 mentors for the 23 students that are graduating Wednesday. They do not need to be attorneys. If you can't make Wednesday, I understand. But if you are interested in this wonderful project, please feel free to contact me via email at Sglick (@) jud11.flcourts.org ASAP.
This Wednesday, January 15th the next class of 23 students (this is a large class, which is great news) willdisplay some of their new skills at the "I'm Ready' Graduation Ceremony. These graduates who will be 'stepped down' from the on-campus (Stockade) phase of the program are in serious need of mentors. There are only two commitments asked of mentors: 1) attend the graduation on and 2) agree to attend a complimentary dinner with the other graduates and mentors once a month for the next six months; a total of approximately 7 hours over 6 months (and free dinner).
Thank you in advance,
Stacy D. Glick
OK readers. We did our part. Now who will step up and be counted? (The free dinner should get some judges to volunteer. Ok cheap shot. But we're in a grouchy mood.)