Each November, in celebration of American Education Week, the Foundation for Orange County Public School brings business and civic leaders into the classrooms in a fun and engaging way to talk with students about academics, careers and the future. At this year’s Teach-In, FCCD Chapter 7 visited Evans High School, and spoke with Dr. Chisholm’s 3rd period students about the long-term effects of youth incarceration in our community.
Orange County Corrections Department Corporal Orlando Roman and Officer Leonia Thornton engaged students in a positive dialogue about the emotional, societal, and financial effects of youth incarceration within the local community.
Officer Thornton, an alumnus from Evans High School, spoke about her personal experiences overcoming adversity, and how she was driven to the field of corrections. When a student asked Officer Thornton about why she was inspired to participate in the Teach-In, she responded “The way our children are raised today, will determine our future generations.
As I look around your classroom, I see hope. Hope that each student will be prosperous, and rise above all obstacles you encounter.”
Corporal Roman shared with the students the many challenges at-risk youth are faced with after an arrest, as well as the long-term effects incarceration has on youth within the community. He shared his personal experiences growing up with adversity as well, and how positive mentorship and role models inspired him to give back to his community. “I believe there is a tremendous responsibility for those of us who have shared a similar path to give back and mentor our students to become the future leaders of tomorrow.”
Sharing their personal experiences from working within the community and the Orange County Jail, Corporal Roman and Officer Thornton aimed to have a positive impact on the students of Evans High School while advocating for continuing education and positive social behavior. This is just one example of how FCCD Chapter 7 remains committed to furthering the organizations mission. They are driven to serve as a catalyst for the prevention and reduction of crime and delinquency for all Central Floridians.
Cpl. Orlando Roman
Orange County Corrections Department