From the Georgia Careers Careers Curriculum by Carole Marsh: GEORGIA JOB TRACKS: 60 Great Careers - and How to Get From Where You Are ...to Where You Want to Go! (FOR AGES 16-18—and beyond!)
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No matter what you’re whining about, at least (hopefully) you are not in prison wondering how you're going to get a job someday. In Georgia, a new criminal justice reform law is being planned to emphasize classroom education and online job training for inmates.
Enhancing educational opportunities for nonviolent offenders is important. Juvenile prisoners still have a lot of life ahead, and having make a “mistake,” most are eager to turn over a new leaf and prepare for a better future.
Most of these inmates volunteer to participate in any type of instruction available to them. Of the 2,500-3,000 GED exams given to prisoners each year, about 74% pass. They then go on to vocational programs so that they can gain skills in construction, maintenance, mechanics, and service industries.
So you see, you should quit whining about “how hard it is” and take advantage of your own advantages. Prisoners are. There is opportunity for everyone. Never let failure or setbacks determine your future. The only person who can really hold your future success hostage is you.
NEXT WEEK: An example of some of the cool new careers kids can pursue!