These two separate sessions were combined when it was discovered they had a lot in common and many people wanted to see both of them.
Mr. Moore began the session
At times we need to check the pulse of the rec program The time of maintaining weight benches, throwing out softballs, etc. is in the past Today we need cross training Used to be, "keep the inmates occupied" When I get comfortable or don't get complaints, I don't grow We need to stress the professionalism of our group a little more Usually the rec staff is off by itself The Zimmer Bill Aerobics come to mind Could be a stress reliever If you have a dinosaur (old timer) on your staff, ask them for ideasDr. Calloway now took over the presentation
He is now out of corrections, just flew in from Georgia He is VP of Development for Funding for Para Olympic Games (raising 50 Million $) Although we talk about rehabilitating the inmates it seldom happens Trends tell us we are in a conservative era for the next 5-10 year Today's number one growth industry is corrections The number one growth niche is wheelchairs our young people are killing and beating each other By 2010 you must accept your share of these youth He suggests a complete heart replacement for this patient (recreation) You have a captive population Could do a lot of research on cause and effect #1 problem in America is the misuse and abuse of free time When people have the opportunity to do constructive things When people don't have healthy things to do, they find other things to do What people do defines who they are. He asked someone who had a friend in the room to identify the friend A lady identified a graduate student (Thomas) attending the conference He began to ask Thomas about what kind of leisure activities he did Then he painted a picture of what kind of a person Thomas was The picture was very accurate according to the lady and to Thomas He told a story of how at one prison rec area the other inmates were shooting pool in a very small room and one guy would always come in and walk around the table all during his rec time. The other players kept shooting rapidly and waiting for him to go by. Another recreator pointed out that this was this inmate's form of recreation. He could defy authority and not be punished. This was what he wanted to do for recreation. He suggested the book "A Matter of Time Risk and Opportunity" ISBN 0-9623154-3-5 Published by the Carnegie Foundation 202-429-7979 He said to be sure your communities have after school structured rec activities from 3 to 9pm. Here is a list of 10 things you can use to help justify your rec program with your warden, especially in programs working with youth.. 10. Builds and nurtures relationships 9. Build self esteem and self worth 8. Predicts success after release 7. Better than anyone, you can educate young people 6. Prevents crime 5. Alters emotions One of the challenges is to figure out how recreation can be educational Tell and inmate and they hear you Show and inmate and they see you Let them do it and they learn it 4. Heals and restores human life 3. Saves lives 2. Prolongs life 1. Reverses death and dying process You can only experience on emotion at a time. If they feel good about a recreational experience they cannot be angry at the same time. The new ACA book on Delinquency has a chapter by him in it.
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