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Delinquents to Developers: Davidson County Detention Center Rolls out Coding Course to Reduce Recidivism

For many troubled teens, a sentence to juvie feels like a sentence to fail. Statistically speaking — it is. 80-percent of juvenile offenders end up back behind bars within three years, less than 2-percent ever enroll in higher education. Prison is their most likely career path. Persevere doesn’t believe children should be chained to their past. The social justice organization has created a coding course, so incarcerated youth can engineer a future outside correctional facilities. It’s designed to turn delinquents into developers.

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Jason Doty
Success Stories

“I Crawled Up from the Mud”: Jason Doty’s Story

“I was in a dark, angry place. It was an animalistic time. You sleep with your shoes on there. You step over bodies in the morning. But when I found Persevere – when Josh found me – it was like rocket fuel. I was ready to take off and do something great, if I was lucky enough to get out.” Jason found the classroom experience not only immensely engaging in itself, but to be an escape from “the madness around [him].”

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Instructor Spotlight Davin Thomas
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Instructor Spotlight: Meet Davin Thomas

At Persevere, our greatest asset is our staff. Our team cares deeply about their work, our participants and is a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are pretty amazing humans as well. Meet the faces of Persevere.

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Faces of Persevere MSW Intern AZ
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Faces of Persevere: Intern RanDee Martinez

At Persevere, our greatest asset is our staff. Our team cares deeply about their work, our participants and is a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are pretty amazing humans as well. Meet the faces of Persevere.

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Faces of Persevere, Case Manager Cheryl Smiles
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Faces of Persevere: Meet Cheryl Smiles

Our greatest asset is our staff. Our team cares deeply about their work, our participants and is a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are pretty amazing humans as well. Meet the faces of Persevere.

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Instructor spotlight Andrew Harper
Instructor Spotlight

Persevere Instructor Spotlight: Meet Andrew Harper

Our greatest asset is our staff. Particularly our instructors who are helping our folks gain valuable skills in coding. Not only are they top notch instructors, but they are pretty amazing humans as well. Check out the Instructor Spotlight series to get to know them.

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Staff Spotlight Jake Asberry
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Faces of Persevere: Meet Jake Asberry

Our greatest asset is our staff. Our team cares deeply about their work, our participants and is a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are pretty amazing humans as well. Meet the faces of Persevere.

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Meet the Team

Faces of Persevere: Meet Shaina Harville

Our greatest asset is our staff. Our team cares deeply about their work, our participants and is a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are pretty amazing humans as well. Meet the faces of Persevere.

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Program Manager, Brandis Leverette
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Faces of Persevere: Meet Brandis Leverette

Our greatest asset is our staff. Our team cares deeply about their work, our participants and is a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are pretty amazing humans as well. Meet the faces of Persevere.

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