About A-CAT center
MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE
It costs $ 38,000 to keep people in jail for a year, and $ 13,000 to train them in study centers, do the math, what's the better deal? I think we can succeed big time and I think we can build centers all over the country on a small budget from the prisons budget, I believe we can turn the story into a story of joy and hope.
ביל סטריקלנד | המייסד
BILL STRICKLAND | FOUNDER
A-CAT is based on a successful model designed by Bill Strickland for building social affiliations to strengthen low income communities, empowering individuals to achieve self-fulfillment and realize a better future, a model which has been successfully implemented in the US with the purpose of tightening bonds between racial and ethnic communities.
Strickland grew up in a poor black neighborhood in Pittsburgh and was able to change the course of his life thanks to a mentor he met when he was 16 years old and on the verge of dropping out of school. Today, he is a professor at Harvard University and serves on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bill’s inspiring story - documented in his autobiography Make the Impossible Possible – demonstrates how the creation of a strong learning environment, development of close bonds with young people, and giving them hope makes everything possible for them.
And in Strickland's words: "Our environment shapes who we are - if you build prisons you create prisoners, if you build beautiful centers you create hope."