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Issue #2 Dec. 2002

Mid-west I.M.P.A.C.T.

Inner city Mentoring Program And Co-active Training 
Rebuilding the future from the inside out.

I.M.P.A.C.T. Org
PO Box 63
Oak Forest, IL

Inside this Issue:

  • A word from the Founder.
  • Where are we?
  • Much more to do.
  • What's next?
  • How it all started.




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From the Founder

      Hi everyone. Welcome back to I.M.P.A.C.T.'s Dec. Issue.

     first off, let me wish everyone a very Merry Christmass and a Happy New Year. Please celebrate safely. May you and your family be blessed with all the joy and peace that the holiday season can offer.

     I.M.P.A.C.T. continues to move forward, thanks to everyone involved.

Where are we?

      Aunt marthas has recently recruited I.M.P.A.C.T as a private contractor for 'Residential Mentoring'. We will begin with our first client around the beginning of the year. If anyone is intersted in getting involved, contact me.
     I.M.P.A.C.T. is also accepting resumes and interviewing potential Board Members, Volunteers, Mentors and Coaches who have the vision and the ambition to accept the challenge. We are also seeking qualified grant writers.
     And in case you didn't notice, we have just got our PO Box address. So don't hesitate to send that fan mail.

Mid-west I.M.P.A.C.T. Org
P.O. Box 63 Oak Forest, IL 606452-0063
708-560-8574 or 708-351-3673

Much more to do.

     I.M.P.A.C.T.'s Intensive Training is well developed but there are still some areas that need attention.
     I need to finish the "Course Description" page on the Web site. Gee, where have we heard that before.
     Miss Pate from Aunt Marthas is facilitating the Mentor Orientation and training. She is also supplying I.M.P.A.C.T. with the resources to take on this task for itself in the near future.

     We will also be partnering with SERA Learning Center in the near future. This however will depend on funding in order to purchase class instructionals and workbooks.

     We are also in the process of taking quotes from printers, silk screeners ,attorneys, and insurance agents. It goes with out saying that all referrals are taken into consideration.

     We are still waiting on our 501 (c)(3). We were asked to supply more information. We did, and we don't anticipant any further delays.

     We have a fund raiser coming up in mid-January. A close friend of the I.M.P.A.C.T. family has donated a brand new DVD player. There will be a raffle drawing in Mid-February. We are hoping that we can count on everyones support. The money will go to some much needed administrative expenses.

What's next?

LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION. We are on a facility hunt.
     At the moment any training that is done will be conducted in my home. This wouldn't be so bad other than the fact that I live in the south suburbs. There is something about a Inner city Mentoring Program being conducted in the burbs that just doesn't ring true.

How It All Started

     George J. Vassar is the founder and Executive Director of Mid-west I.M.P.A.C.T. Org. He has been working in the Department of Corrections for the past nine years, three of which he spent inside maximum security.

     "In the three brief years I spent in maximum security, it became clear to me that jail had become more than just a holding tank for pretrial detainees. It had evolved into a sort of "sub-cultural existence. Inmates would meet their family and friends in lock up, shake hands and swap stories as if it were a annual reunion. Sons and daughters would visit their fathers behind three inches of glass and speak through reinforced metal screens just as their fathers has done before them, and their fathers before them. In short, what I was watching was a revolving door of third and fourth generation detainees. It is easy to understand why the Department of corrections had become a multi-million dollar industry. What I couldn't understand was why there were so many willing participants."

     Over the past five years, Sgt. Vassar he has been assigned to the local Impact Incarceration Program, most commonly referred to as Boot Camp. As a Drill Instructor he had the opportunity to work more closely with the young men incarcerated in our correctional facility. As a recently promoted Sergeant, he has had the opportunity to experience the many challenges facing the staff and administration.

     "I.M.P.A.C.T. has been a long held dream that has come from my desire to contribute to solutions rather than treat the symptoms. I've come to realize my ability to impact the lives of these young men by teaching them the skills necessary to exercise their personal power. I've become invested, involved and most importantly, I have become challenged. I would like to extend that challenge to you."

     Sgt. G. Vassar is a graduate from the SAIC with a BFA. He is certified through the United States Army Military Police School as a Rehabilitation Instructor. He has been awarded a Department Commendation and Letter of Recognition. As a certified Personal Trainer, a Life Coach, a Mentor and Life Skills Instructor, he works with an extreamly diverse client base. George, or "JOE" as he is most commonly called, enjoys working with those who are receptive and motivated to transform their environments, accomplish their goals, and design a fulfilling life.

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