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CNN: Sheriff Clyde Terry is re-shaping the recidivism rate with NEW Emerging Leaders!
Clyde Terry is known by many and loved by all, his specialty is bringing awareness of “Life Itself” which has currently transformed the lives of men and women returning home from prison, gang members and individuals who just want positive reinforcement in there daily lives. Clyde Terry has created a path for all walks of life looking to break the cycle of despair and violence.
Sergeant Terry is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and former U.S. Marine. In 2003, he took a leave of absence from the Sheriff’s Department to assist the U.S. State Department as an International Police advisor in their rebuilding efforts in Iraq.
The experience changed his life. Soon after his return to Los Angeles, he began working directly with ex-prisoners, gang members and homeless youth to transform their outlook and their lives.
In 2009, Clyde was asked to lead the Sheriff Department’s Emerging Leaders Academy. Only one percent of the participants, that is (probationers, gang members and parolees newly released from prison), have failed to remain crime-free. Many have returned to school to obtain their high school diplomas or GED’s and enrolled in college making the efforts that Clyde Terry has fought for something to talk about. Clyde states before one of his Emerging Leaders class starts “I am not here to give you anything, im just here to remind you what you already have.”
Sheriff Clyde Terry has been making huge efforts to change lives and in most cases has given the belief of life back to individuals who were once thought lost making Sherriff Clyde Terry a real Los Angeles super hero. Read full article
Los Angeles Daily News: L.A. County ex-cons forge new lives as Emerging Leaders
CULVER CITY >> Something strange happened to Carlos Duarte the day he attended an Emerging Leaders Academy eight weeks ago largely to get a glimpse of some pretty ladies.
A gang member slathered head to foot in tattoos, he’d spent the past 18 years in a California prison on an attempted-murder beef. He hated cops. And he’d just been busted for heroin.
What the 34-year-old ex-con stumbled into was an ember of hope in an empowerment program run by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He donned a tie and a sleeveless argyle sweater, and he now beams at being called Mr. Duarte.
“I went in to talk to girls,” said Duarte, now living at Cri-Help, a drug treatment program in North Hollywood. “And instead I found self-worth, self-confidence — and my life became meaningful.”
The Boyle Heights resident was among 48 “emerging leaders” gathering at the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City on Wednesday for their graduation from the sheriff’s celebrated empowerment, learning and jobs program, part of the department’s Education-Based Incarceration Bureau.
They had participated in some very bad things, done drugs, gone to prison, become estranged from decent friends and family. Most of all, all agreed they’d become strangers to their true “right” selves.
In eight weeks’ time — and daily Emerging Leaders Academy classes from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, La Puente to Culver City — the onetime losers were now emboldened winners. Read full article
FOX 11 LOS ANGELES: Unlikely Union at the Emerging Leaders Academy
How do you define a leader? For one group, it starts with potential. Add a little commitment. Toss in some new tools. Stir in hours of education. Wrap it all up with a formal send-off. Read full article and see video.
NBC 4 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: A Long Road From Despair to Triumph in Long Beach
An eight-week educational program has given hope to a woman lost her home and children after spending years using and selling drugs on the streets of Long Beach. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant pays for the program out of his own pocket. Tena Ezzeddine reports in this Life Connected segment on NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. See video.
Humanitarian Radio: Interview with Clyde Terry
Everything Long Beach: 24 Students Get a Second Chance Through Emerging Leaders Academy
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will hold its Emerging Leaders Graduation today from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the agency’s main facility at 800 W. Pacific Coast Hwy. The 24 students graduating from this class are men and women ex-offenders and gang members, their friends, family members and community members who are all on a path to work toward a better life.
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Neon Tommy – USC Annenberg Digital News: Starting All Over at Age 46
David Stokes wants to introduce his love of pastrami to the South, or change people’s lives through teaching. Or maybe he’ll work on an oil rig. Whatever he ends up doing, he’s intent on turning his life around. Read full article.