AMENDED MINDS, INC. - Our mission is to change the lives of our at risk youth
 
 
AMENDED MINDS  
PREVENTIVE MENTORING INITIATIVE MOVEMENT




 
Our movement is of the body of Christ Jesus. The name of our movement was inspired by a verse in the Bible..."for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ( Prov. 23:7 KJV ). The Amended Minds movement  is based on this biblical verse. The mind is where the battle takes place and here is where we will intervene. By instilling this belief in the minds of the troubled youth in our community, that they are how they think or see themselves. Our goal is to change their image of self and their mindset.
 
The founder of our movement is a former felon and his own early incarceration gives him a special insight into the challenges  that many at risk youth face in society.  His experience in that environment was instrumental in helping him to develop the Preventive Mentoring Model, unlike many traditional programs that focus on activities or resources that in the long run prove to not be long term solutions.  This model focuses on changing the "thought process" of  at risk youth.  To learn more about the Preventive Mentoring Model please refer to our "About Us" page.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE PRESENT CONDITION OF OUR NATION. The communities and the police, no trust between the two. How do we solve the problem when in the community there is the "NO SNITCH' RULE"  in the law enforcement ranks they have their version of the "no snitch rule"...  the  "FRATERNAL BROTHERHOOD...We have got to bring the two together.

   We can no longer leave this tragedy solely up to others to solve for us. There are no more penitentiaries (repent) for reform nor any more departments of corrections (rehabilitate); now, this system is solely about detention.
   “Catch and release” is a term used in fishing where the fishermen catch fish at a particular event or spot but throw them back in. Eventually the released fish will be caught again sometime in the future. Sounds like a recipe for (Recidivism). Many offenders are being released from these institutions with the same criminal mind set that got them there. In many cases, they have learned more about how to pull off other hustles from inmates who suppose to be “master minds“, when asked, why or how did they get caught, they always have a good explanation. So before many of these guys are released back into society they’ve already got their next scheme planned. The following is the historic origin of incarceration. Initially the concept was to try and change the behavior of the criminals, to “rehabilitate” and then release them back into society, keep that in mind.
     “Programs geared to reforming prisoners to make them fit to return to society were first introduced in Ireland in the late 1850‘s by Sir Walter Crofton, one of the greatest of all prison reformers. He provided work and education for prisoners and encouraged them to reform by allowing them to gain early release through good behavior and hard work. Crofton‘s Irish system attracted the attention of American reformers, who used the system to set up prisons for young offenders. These came to be known as reformatories. The first reformatory was opened in Elmira, NY in 1876. Thus in the United States the Irish system became known as the Elmira system.
     Reform programs for adult prisoners were not introduced until the 1930’s. Reformers tried to change the prisoner’s ways of thinking and acting. Experts provided better prison schools and workshops where the prisoners could learn a trade. But in spite of these advances, few prisons even today are able to successfully reform many prisoners. This has led to the greater use of parole, probation and other alternatives.
 
(HARRY ELMER BARNES
Co-author, New Horizons in Criminology Updated by Anna Kosof Author, “Prison life in America”. 
 

Many politicians are advocating for the building of more prisons and simultaneously pushing to cut funding for various programs that are in place to help  at risk youth. Their argument is that these programs are a waste of tax payer’s dollars because they simply are not producing positive success numbers. To be honest with you brethren, if a program is not working, then we must not continue with it just because the funding is there. I am also aware that many of these people just want to eliminate all social programs in spite of the efforts by many activists who have put forth a lot of hard work to help the disadvantaged or at risk youth. It seems to be a losing battle so some of us have thrown in the towel. We must get them to change their thinking, first! All of the resources, recreation, and programs that are presently being provided will not help them unless they change their thinking. These young men and women are literally suffering! they don’t know where or who to turn to for help, this is one of the main reasons why they join  gangs. If we stand on the things of God, have faith, pray, and push toward the mark” we will prove the devil is a lie.
Q: How do we stop recidivism /repeated offenses?

A: by preventing the first occurrence!!!.....
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Amended Minds is a non-profit movement recognized  under section 501(c) (03) of the Internal Revenue Code

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 Frederick Douglass

 
 
                  IS HIP-HOP THE WORD OF THE CULTURE TODAY?
IS IT A MODERN WAY THAT GOD IS REACHING HIS ELECT OF THESE GENERATIONS?


         God says… His Word will be here for every generation (Psalm 12:6-7)
In the gospels Jesus often spoke to his Disciples in parables, in the Greek that word means: to put one’s self in danger, the common use today is as allegories which are metaphors in which : a character, place or event is used to deliver a broader message about real-world issues and occurrences.  When He spoke in parables it was for His disciples only. (Mark 4:10-12) Anyone other than His disciples who did hear would hear but could not understand.
Today I pay attention to this generation millennials and gen Z, Hip-hop is the dominant factor and force of our youth in society today. It is song/music, sports, dress/style and social/media, but the base is Rap. When I saw the BET cypher series a few years back, I was like “wow”.
Since I believe God and His word “in truth” from the original text before translation as He says His Word will be here for every generation; therefore I have to give some rappers an ear. Like Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Drake and  J. Cole. Conscience rappers have existed since the beginning of rap and even back then they spoke about injustices in society. Jesus also spoke against injustice perpetrated by a sect of religious leaders of that time the (Pharisees).
It appears that this generation listens to rappers not preachers. Recent statistics show that there is a sharp decline in youth church attendance and also younger adults. The push back seems to be geared towards organized religion and all the different denominations basically preaching for $. No love for the community.
I think we should start to build something for the youth, something of substance.  Traditional libraries and recreation centers are no longer attractive to young people with the advancements in technology, the smart phones, tablets and pads used for social media have taken over their interest.  

      


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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