The Sidre Institute Vision:
“Provide life skills development, professional skills training and a post-secondary education to those in need of a second-chance at a successful life.”
This will be accomplished in a traditional collegiate classroom-type setting with a non-traditional approach. The program will serve individuals that have recently endured a season of distress in their personal lives. Many of these individuals will be coming off personal rehabilitation programs within the legal system framework and are in the process of rebooting to their professional careers. This innovative education environment is driven by a multi-pronged mission:
- Work to eradicate prejudice and discrimination of all forms especially for individuals who have past personal and legal issues
- Provide continuing education and training to effectively qualify individuals for varied career pursuits
- Share a divine love with a broken world
Upon completion of the Sidre Institute program students will have the business and life skills necessary to navigate the challenges that exist and capitalize on the opportunities that are available to them. The program provides students with a true, real-world based education and helps strengthen the job marketplace for employers across the state of North Carolina and our nation.
Why Sidre? America faces a huge problem with recidivism in the legal system. Well over seventy-six percent of the individuals released from prison will end up back in the legal system and prison within five-years. This is a horrendous statistic that needs to change. Unfortunately, our current system and process doesn’t provide much hope. These men and women have been failed by themselves, society, and our current legal system. The Sidre Institute is designed to provide that new hope and a new beginning for these individuals as they work to return themselves to a new and prosperous life after their personal distressed season of life.
Individuals who have encountered major difficulties in life or run-ins with our legal system face numerous challenges in returning to a prosperous role in society. Unfortunately, the biggest obstacle is usually society itself. People can be quick to judge and point out the mistakes of someone else. Experience shows that most have issues that just haven’t been brought to the light of day or may not carry the same level of consequence.
The challenge for most of these individuals getting past the discrimination of society and trying to find their footing on a solid path is they lack options and opportunities. They may lack the proper knowledge and skill set now required to navigate a discriminating society and prosper in a world that only talks about individuals having paid their debt and deserving a second chance. For most, that true second chance never comes and the only option available is the on the path that led to their original mistake. It isn’t that they are truly bad people; they just currently lack the ability to take advantage of the few options that are presented to them without the proper knowledge, skills, and training.
What’s in a Name? Sidre, Cidre, or Cider: However you spell it or whatever continent you’re on Sidre is about creating value where none exists. Historically orchard harvesters selected only the best fruit for market. The bruised, broken, and otherwise damaged fruit was culled away. Orchard owners discovered a profitable use for the bruised, broken, or otherwise damaged fruit giving this culled out fruit a chance to be used to create something new, useful and valuable: they created Sidre. In the same fashion, Sidre and the Sidre Institute, seeks to help the bruised, broken, or otherwise damaged of our society find new hope, a purpose for life, and realization they are a truly valuable creation!
What’s Next? Currently the Sidre Institute is in the initial phase of development working to raise the needed capital for launch. There is a lot of work and obstacles ahead for a concept of this nature. The philosophy of talking about second chances often ignores the need for change. There are societal challenges, legal challenges, and of course financial challenges for the Sidre Institute project to overcome. These will all come together on due time. The legal requirements and certifications will take some time to put in place before any formal announcements or details can be shared. This is an exciting time and the need for such an educational environment has never been greater.