TWTH JOINS MAD DADS FOR A BETTER CITY
TWTH Minneapolis and MAD DADS work together to reduce crime in the city.
Studies show that cleaning up neighborhoods can reduce crime and violence, and that’s right in the line of country of both MAD DADS and volunteers from The Way to Happiness. The two groups joined forces in a cleanup of the volatile neighborhood near Emerson Avenue North and 31st Street in Minneapolis.
MAD DADS is a coalition of African-American men and parents who are fed up with gang violence and illegal drugs. V.J. Smith established the Minneapolis chapter of MAD DADS to help local youth change the course of their lives. Smith was so effective that he is now the MAD DADS National President and Executive Director, and he organized the cleanup.
Cars honked their approval as the volunteers collected trash—with a huge volume of broken glass—and hauled it away. And far from being an arduous afternoon, it was fun.
In cities around the world, volunteers from The Way to Happiness Foundation chapters carry out cleanups to improve their communities, exemplifying Precept 12, “Safeguard and Improve Your Environment.” It states: “There are many things one can do to help take care of the planet. They begin with the idea that one should. They progress with suggesting to others they should.
“Man has gotten up to the potential of destroying the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it.
“It is, after all, what we’re standing on.”
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VOCATIONAL TRAINER, GHANA
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EDUCATOR, SOUTH AFRICA
“This is exactly what I need, materials to build learners’ character. I work with special needs learners from impoverished backgrounds who leave our school to enter the workplace. Hence we need to build character and good moral conduct.”
INMATE, TEXAS, USA
“This book says, ‘I care,’ and that is something that is rare in today’s world. Thank you for caring about those of us who have made a mess of our lives.”
EDUCATOR, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, USA
“Every day at the end of class, we use the video and the written material to end with a positive note before the inmates go back to their cells. The offenders are excited to end the day this way. Many are taking the lesson of the day and bringing it back to their dorms to share with other offenders. Thank you for your material and for caring about my inmates. God bless you.”
“The program helps a lot. There are basic principles that the new generations are forgetting, and this course helps to remind them of their importance. The students were very grateful, and I can see the changes in them.”
“My students range in age from 12 to 15 years old, and they are responding well to the chapters of The Way to Happiness by starting to reflect on their own lives. I too have found the value in this resource and have begun to adjust my interactions with others and the world around me.”
WHAT A YEAR CAN BRING
Here’s a review of how The Way to Happiness reached Mankind this past year:
were created by individuals and companies this year
were reached with The Way to Happiness educational materials
were delivered TWTH seminars and learned common sense tools for leading better lives
received The Way to Happiness materials this year
people were reached with The Way to Happiness book on film and public service announcements on TV
RESTORE MUTUAL RESPECT
The Way to Happiness Foundation International works to reverse the moral decay of society by restoring trust and honesty through widespread distribution of the 21 precepts. Donations support production and distribution of The Way to Happiness booklet and curriculum material.