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We make children job-ready instead of jail-ready.


1. Children are priceless, worthy of being saved and have the capability to change.

2. Character education is the crux and is essential for eternal effectiveness.

3. Parenting is a responsibility, built on a foundation of character. Principled parenting promotes passionate positivism. 

4. Engaged and involved parenting provides prevention.

5. Safeguarding, atoning, validating and educating are the essential elements of retooling the minds of the misguided. 


1. SAFEGUARD: WE organize to end the genocidal level of violence within urban communities.

2. ATONE: WE strive to help misguided young people make amends to their communities and families. 

3. VALIDATE: WE unite to reduce high-risk behavior associated with low self-esteem, peer pressure and bullying. 

4. EDUCATE: WE promote educational empowerment and positive growth and development. 








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The Safeguard Atone Validate Educate (SAVE) mission is to save the misguided from premature death and imprisonment. In addition to making the misguided career-ready instead of casket-ready, SAVE encourages at-risk individuals to participate in programs that make them job-ready instead of jail-ready.

This practical guide was prepared to highlight SAVE's national standardized programs available to individuals ranging from sane-thug therapy to Character Education Development (CED) to intensive thugological-behavioral-modification. Each program summary in this directory contains a Program Description, Time Frame, Admission Criteria, Program Content, and Empirical Support. 

The directory describes SAVE's national programs in the areas of character education development. All SAVE branches also offer thugological-behavioral-modification. These programs help the misguided acquire conflict resolution skills in a wide variety of ways. Programs vary across the nation and many branches provide mentoring and crisis assistance.

Finally, every SAVE branch offers numerous locally developed programs for the misguided, especially in the areas of character education and values enhancement.




PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - CED includes formal instructional training of morality interest. CED training may enhance a participant's principles and morals and promote the acquisition of morality-centered leisure time activities and a peaceful lifestyle. 

CED training is designed and offered based on the needs and/or requests of participants or professionals. Training varies from venue to venue. A participant completes CED training when he/she meets the participation and achievement standards established for the training.

TIME FRAME - CED training is offered for a varied length of time based on the program requirements established at the local venue. CED training is usually offered during the evening and weekend hours.

ADMISSION CRITERIA - All individuals are afforded the opportunity to participate in CED training. Since training offerings vary from venue-to-venue, prerequisites (e.g., completing a basic group or class before enrolling in an intermediate training) may exist. 

PROGRAM CONTENT - Similar to non-clinical personal enrichment training (e.g. Character Building, Career Building, Effective Communication) offered at local organizations, CED training enhance participants' principles and morals such as controlling misguided thoughts, anger management, bullying, peer pressure, and refresher basic behavior training. The CED program also includes leadership type training to assist in community revitalization. Popular leadership training include public speaking, mentoring, and creative writing classes.

EMPIRICAL SUPPORT - Information gathered from Lance Cole, a BOP Supervisor of Education, indicated that Cedric Dean's "Leaders Breed Leaders" seminar met with such a large response from the (inmate) population that it had to be presented on three separate occasions, one to an audience of over 130 staff and inmates. According to Cole, "Dean's infectious energy and enthusiasm has had a very positive impact on the programs and activities offered at USP Lee. His ability to focus his energy in a positive way has set an excellent example for many of the younger inmates who look to him as a leader." (2010 Memorandum)




PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - The mission of SAVE Youth Council (SYC) is to focus on empowering young people and do what is necessary and appropriate to rehabilitate the misguided. In general, the SYC shall provide non-clinical crisis intervention; ongoing support; referrals for juvenile bullying, gang violence and peer pressure survivors; and, support shall include providing information on available options and resources to survivors.

TIME FRAME - Council membership is dependent upon societal needs, council goals and strategies, and the SYC volunteer waiting list.

ADMISSION CRITERIA - SYC members are ordinarily appointed through a nomination process. A renewed emphasis has been placed on the use of project needs and qualifications of applicants. This will allow for an increase in the number of individuals who benefit from participating in Save a Child Month and other SYC initiatives. SYC has placed emphasis on prioritizing individuals on the waiting list who have successfully completed SAVE Programs, with the aim that these individuals should be nominated at least six months of candidacy. 

PROGRAM CONTENT - SYC is, first and foremost, a social change program. Its impetus is influencing government regulations, changing delinquent practices, fostering coalitions and networks, educating young people, promoting community education, and strengthening individual knowledge and awareness. Community building and civil service are necessary by-products of those efforts, as SYC's goals are to develop strategic program guidance, joint planning objectives, and identify legislative changes needed to ensure the future availability of resources in support of SYC policies. 

EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE - Rigorous research demonstrates that participation in civil service work has a positive impact on community building. Contemporary research and conventional wisdom verifies that individuals who perform volunteer work and/or community service are less likely to commit crime or violence than those who do not. Civil service projects have an even greater positive impact on juvenile delinquents who are at the greatest risk of criminality.




PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - SACM is designed for young people seeking a foundation in principle-centered values and responsibilities, whether or not they have religious affiliation. Youth who volunteer for this program are accommodated in broad tracks sharing common beliefs and principles, whether secular or religious. 


WEEK ONE: Safeguard - Law enforcement officials (police, prosecutors, judges and lawyers, etc.) will conduct group therapy and one-on-one sessions. 

WEEK TWO: Atone - Clergy will conduct redemptive therapeutic sessions.

WEEK THREE: Validate - Community leaders (politicians, professionals, celebrities and mentors) will conduct motivational sessions.

WEEK FOUR: Educate - Educators (teachers, principals and professors) will conduct educational therapeutic sessions. 

ADMISSION CRITERIA - All individuals are afforded the opportunity to participate in SACM. 

PROGRAM CONTENT - SAVE encourages all members of the community to participate in SACM for recreational, social, civic, and benevolent purposes. An organization, club, school, or government agency may actively participate in SACM without the approval of SAVE. All other groups are permitted to participate and conduct activities that are in accord with the overall goals and objectives of SACM, as long as they are in good standing within their respective communities. All partners must have a constitution and by-laws duly approved by its members; the constitution and by-laws must include the partner's purpose and objectives, the duties and responsibilities of the officer(s), and requirements for activities reporting, operational review; and the partner does not operate in opposition to the security, good order, and discipline of the community. 

EMPIRICAL SUPPORT - Research has shown intervention and prevention initiatives can improve their self-esteem, morality levels, and societal adjustment.




PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - The Parenting Program provides parents information and support through directed classes and workshops on how to enhance their relationship with their at risk children. All parenting programs include a classroom component and relationship building activities. In addition, social services outreach contacts are often established to facilitate the provision of services to the parent, caregiver, and child.

TIME FRAME - Parents may participate in the parenting program at any point during their care giving and rearing. The time of the program varies by venue-to-venue.

ADMISSION CRITERIA - All parents and caregivers are afforded the opportunity to participate in the Parenting Program.

PROGRAM CONTENT - The Parenting Program varies in duration, depth, and content from venue-to-venue. Providers of parenting program components may include SAVE staff as well as volunteers from a community-based group and/or a social service organization. Ultimately, the program's curriculum is designed to address parenting skills, skills for effective communication, and skills for troubleshooting - i.e. prevention and intervention.

EMPIRICAL SUPPORT - Research has shown parenting programs for parents of at risk children can improve their self-esteem, parenting mindsets, and parental guidance.




PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - The Rehabilitate Integrate Stimulate Educate (RISE) program is designed to provide inmates with the opportunity to participate in a social/civic program and to encourage the successful reentry of ex-offenders into society. Participants are encouraged to partake in scheduled activities with mentors, sponsors, and volunteers for character education and values enhancement. They work/study/reflect together in small groups in accordance with the objective of their specific reentry needs. 

TIME FRAME - Program length varies with the facility and the complexity of the reentry needs.

ADMISSION CRITERIA - An applicant must agree to develop and adopt a code of positive principles and learn the bylaws and constitution, mission, goals, and schedules for his/her reentry planning. 

PROGRAM CONTENT - Program content focuses on the development of metrics to measure compliance and effectiveness of RISE training, awareness, prevention, and intervention response policies and programs. RISE prepares members to become community assets, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders by providing academically challenging, principle-centered content from the context of focusing on families and communities. 

EMPIRICAL SUPPORT - Evidence shows a relationship between correctional education program participation before release lower odds of recidivating after release (Davis et al. 2014; Saylor and Gaes, 1996; Aos, Phipps, Barnoski and Lieb, 2001). In a study conducted in Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio, correctional education participants had lower recidivism rates in the categories of re-arrest, re-conviction, and re-incarceration (Steurer, Smith and Tracy, 2001) There is some evidence that in-prison vocational education is effective in improving individuals likelihood of post-release employment (Davis et al, 2014).

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