Just One Decision Away
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
(Proverbs 14:12 NLT)
Sadly, people who make life-altering decisions often feel (in the moment) like they are out of options. Particularly when they are hurting, alone, angry, disappointed, or emotionally/mentally immature.
The men, women, boys and girls who find themselves incarcerated (physically, emotionally or mentally), at some point made that ONE decision that radically changed their future, possibly forever. We want to help individuals who feel desperate to realize they always have a choice. There is always another option that goes unrecognized when facing a desperate situation.
To prevent at-risk individuals who are just one decision away from making a life-altering decision and help them discover the power to make positive, life-changing choices.
JODA's Goal: Help Individuals Make Choices aligned with their PURPOSE!
Target Audience: Men, women, boys, and girls who are at risk of engaging in UNHEALTHY activity (drugs, violence, gangs, etc.) that will lead to devastating, life-altering repercussions.
At Risk: To be in a situation where something unpleasant, dangerous, and life-altering may occur.
At risk factors:
JODA wants to help individuals understand they can:
Be better: Change the narrative of the family dynamics. You don't have to live with the generational/societal/emotional struggles of family members (addictions, sexual, etc.).
See better: Life is bigger than the neighborhood in which you live. Through expanded knowledge, increased experiences, and surrounding yourself with people who got out, you will realize you can live a better life.
Do better: Life is about choices. Make better choices. Stop making permanent choices for temporary situations.
Choice is power!
JODA partners with other organizations/programs to offer:
Resources to assist in healing, growth, and discovering purpose
Research shows that the average person makes about 2,000 decisions every day. Most daily decisions are small and are made without thinking; based on previous experience and/or formed habits. However, some decisions are larger and are more impactful. And when made under pressure or in the height of emotions can have lasting effects that forever changes a person's life.
With their W.A.I.T. initiative, the Bentons encourage individuals to ask four important questions BEFORE making that important decision, using the acronym W.A.I.T.
Asking these four questions encourages self-reflection and accountability.
W - WHY am I doing what I am about to do?
A - What's going to happen AFTER I do this?
I - Who will I INVOLVE with this decision?
T - TALK to an adult I trust.
Having lived lives of dealing with the repercussions of bad decisions (guns, drugs, violence, incarceration, teen pregnancy, abortion, etc.,) the Bentons are passionate about sharing this message to the youth of America.
~ Pointing youth toward their destiny, one decision at a time.