Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Place called Hope

Most of us have experienced the peace and enjoyment within a beautiful natural setting. We return revitalized and refreshed. Some, however, may never get that opportunity because of very challenging conditions.

One enterprising person sacrificed a career change and financial challenges to help troubled kids find such a haven north of Toronto.

"You may know a teenager like Gene or Sarah. They’re the kids from hell. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they have a serious drug habit and they’re flunking out of school. They’re self-destructive and out of control. And if teens like these aren’t supported in the transition to adulthood, they may never get their lives back on track."

The successful program has helped troubled teens to find the right path to college and a hopeful future.

Tribute is paid to the visionary who created the program, found the necessary funding, and received later government support.

"There’s a moral to this story. Governments and established institutions are almost incapable of starting innovative programs such as this. They’re too risk-averse. They don’t have the drive or vision, and the cost of failure is far too high. A Pine River can only come from social entrepreneurs such as Ms. Minden – people with passion, imagination and perseverance. If you want the world to be a better place, do it yourself."

Via Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente