top of page

Connecting The Dottes Through Their Eyes

As the sun sets over Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), the Connecting The Dottes True Talks Coaching Program continues to illuminate the lives of its participants. Over the past two weeks, guest speakers Cornell Ellis and Dr. Keith Jones brought their wisdom and compassion to the forefront, engaging with young men within the facility and offering invaluable perspectives on transformation and hope.

Reflecting on his experience, Cornell Ellis the Co-Founder and Executive Director of BLOC (Brothers Liberating Our Communities) expressed both sadness and hope as he connected with the young men at JDC. "It was amazing to meet and get to know the young men," Ellis shared. "I was trying to get them to understand that this is not the end of their story, but only a pause in the sentence."

Similarly, Dr. Keith Jones Principal of North Kansas City High School, found the engagement to be humbling and impactful. "Overall, tonight was a very humbling experience," Jones remarked. "I focused on challenging them to take one day at a time to be better than they were the day before."

Ellis and Jones emphasized the importance of self-reflection and personal accountability in their interactions with the detained youth. Ellis encouraged them to consider their current circumstances as a stepping stone towards a brighter future, while Jones challenged them to evaluate their support networks and cultivate discipline.

Both speakers underscored the significance of external support systems in the journey towards rehabilitation and personal growth. "This opportunity is incredibly important for the young people to engage with folks outside of their networks," Ellis noted. Jones echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the role of positive coaching in providing hope and tangible tools for change.

Through their engagement Ellis and Jones delivered a powerful message of resilience and redemption. Their words served as a motivating force for the young men at JDC, inspiring them to embrace their potential and strive for a brighter tomorrow.

In the midst of adversity, the Connecting The Dottes True Talks Coaching Program shines as a testament to the power of compassion and mentorship. Through the insights and reflections of guest speakers like Cornell Ellis and Dr. Keith Jones, the program offers a glimpse of hope and possibility for those seeking to overcome past mistakes and embrace a brighter future.


bottom of page