Mother Theresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
This week, The Good Works Show features two organizations creating those ripples. First, Atlanta’s kidz2leaders works with children of imprisoned parents, teaching them leadership and life skills, and hoping to break the cycle of incarceration. Then, Leadership Johns Creek offers development opportunities for Atlanta’s emerging leaders. Creating a pipeline of effective professionals, the program also provides avenues to give back to the community.
In the show’s first segment, Executive Director Nancy Staub talks about the 17-year-old kidz2leaders program.
“Kidz2leaders exists to change the direction of the lives of children of inmates,” she says.
The 501c3 was founded by Diane Parrish, who encountered three generations of women from the same family, all in prison.
Leadership Johns Creek board member Todd Burkhalter joins the show in its last segment to talk about the program, and the impact it has on its participants and the community at large.
“We are a series of structured learning environments,” he says. “It’s a pretty unique thing that we design ourselves to create leadership talent and mature our current talent in our community.”
The program selects 25 individuals to go through a nine-month leadership training. They are broken up into groups to also work on a project to help the community in some way.
To learn more about these “ripple effect” organizations, catch the show Saturday at noon on News Radio 106.7 FM or listen at your leisure to the podcast.