Going from a tenth grade education to earning a bachelor's degree, I have realized and cannot stress enough how important a formal education is. But, of all the education classes and programs I have completed, I can tell you that the ICAN program has been the most rewarding to me.
All I've ever known since I was 20 is the penitentiary. I had never truly challenged myself. Prison doesn't in of itself, rehabilitate people. One can, as I had, do the absolute bare minimum.
I came to prison broken, with the lowest of self-esteem and full of shame. Now, I am more confident, trustworthy and most of all I feel good about myself. Today, because of ICAN and these dogs, I am ready to go home and be part of the real world.
ICAN took me down a new road that I did not see coming - it filled my life with a light I never knew existed. As I trained dogs and help others gain a tremendous amount of confidence, my self-esteem grew and I now know I am worth something. The clients trust me to help change their lives and their children's lives, which has given me a sense of purpose.
I would not change my experience with ICAN for the world. I learned more about dogs than I could ever have imagined. But more than that, I learned more about myself than I could ever have imagined.