I Can Lead completed its second academic quarter at Howard County Detention Center. During the spring 2013 academic quarter 11 students enrolled in the leadership reentrHCDC picy program, and four successfully completed all requirements for Part 1 of the program. Part 1 focuses on vision, mission, planning, strengths, weaknesses, traits of a leader, leadership vs. management, competencies of successful leaders, ethical leadership, global leadership crisis, knowing oneself and mastering the context. Students received their certificates and transcripts on June 13th at the detention center.

The program has gained large interest from the HCDC population and the class was at capacity during the semester. Each student costs I Can Lead approx. $250 for the academic quarter including books and tuition. All fees are fully sponsored through donations by the Islamic Leadership Institute of America. Students receive two books and complete 21 hrs of instruction, an exam, group discussions and perform several writing assignments which are published online. This semester students Odell Copeland and Todd Elliott shared advice to the youth through two short letters they sent to Halal Yeah’s elementary and high school social club  students to post online.

Families of beneficiaries can make a contribution to the program here –

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On September 22nd, 2012 Jack Kavangh, Howard County Detention Center Director, shared information about incarceration in the United States and the significance of reentry programs to the society. Mr. Kavangh discusses how programs such as I Can Lead introduce a new paradigm in inmate development and character building over traditional approaches. I Can Lead, a leadership-based inmate reentry program provides inmates not only the skills needed to succeed at reentry, but also the empowerment to grow and excel beyond the boundaries and constraints faced by inmates.

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