Back in prison but not behind bars
Surrounded by young men and computers in a prison classroom, Wanderson Skrock noticed one teen in particular. The 14-year-old was serving his third sentence for drug dealing, and his cavalier, uncaring attitude was strikingly familiar. Wanderson recognized his former self in the boy’s disregard for his future and his unwavering intent to return to the streets as soon as possible.
"When I found the courses at CDI, I could see a light at the end of the tunnel, and I felt full of hope and confidence." Wanderson spent the next six months teaching computer skills to the young man and other inmates in the Brazilian correctional facility. Sprinkled among lessons on Microsoft Word and search engines, Wanderson assured his pupils that they had choices beyond gang life and street crime. After the final evaluation, a 14-year-old asked to speak to the whole class.
“I think when I become a computer teacher, just like you, I'll know how to give good classes,” the young man said, holding Wanderson’s gaze. He went on to say how the course helped him become a better person and he intended to become an educator rather than go back to dealing drugs. The response floored Wanderson. “I was making a difference in the lives of those who never had a hope,” he says. “I will never forget this moment, not only because it motivates me but mainly because a story like this makes me believe in my work.”