project leader
DeAndre N
4321 Green Rd.
(Cuyahoga Hills JCF)
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Thank you to our Heroes who supported this project!

the project

iN Education's Hero's Journey is a five-week transformational change project. It challenges and enables ordinary youth to reflect on their story through writing and journaling self-reflection activities, creative art expression, illustration and painting, among other self-discovery tools. They will discover and identify areas of change and start their transformation from within. Up to twenty ordinary participants, guided by certified life coaches, will start their journey towards becoming heroes at the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility, an Ohio Department of Youth Services.

Youth, and many adults, are able to identify with and relate with Hollywood’s action heroes. Some may even admire their powers. Just think about your favorite superhero. Have you noticed that, in most cases, the hero is an ordinary person who has to rise to the occasion unaware of their powers? They usually discover their natural gifts and abilities within as they are called for duty for the greater good of the community.

By looking at our own life, and our current situation through the lens of the hero's journey, we can see ourselves more objectively. We may see what is happening more clearly, including where the story is leading. In the end, the hero always transforms and returns back to the life they knew before a changed person. A better person, able to make the difference they are meant to make in the world. Let's help guide participants on their journey through discovery and self-actualization!

the steps

  • (by Apr 4, 2022) - Complete personnel background checks, fingerprinting, and legal paperwork through DYS 
  • (by Apr 4, 2022) - Receive mandatory in-person training through DYS 
  • (by Apr 4, 2022) - Coordinate with staff at the Cuyahoga Hills JCF facility project start-end dates
  • (by Apr 4, 2022) - Identify which pod/ unit project participants will come from 
  • (by Apr 4, 2022) - Prepare project materials (hard copy) - ready for the start of the project
  • (Apr 4 - May 30, 2022) - Travel to the Cuyahoga Hills JCF twice a week for five weeks to facilitate the project
  • (Apr 4 - May 30, 2022) - Work with participants to help them draft their story in a written or visual format
  • (Apr 4 - May 30, 2022) - Rehearsal and showcase/presentation
  • (May 30, 2022) - Present participants with Certificates of Completion and other prizes approved by the Cuyahoga Hills JCF facility team.
  • (May 30, 2022) - Conduct survey / feedback session.

why we're doing it

If you were to ask me “Why?” my answer would be because it is personal. Like many others in my community, I had several family members who landed in the criminal justice system growing up. Unfortunately, many individuals belonging to minority groups face challenges on account of their ethnicity, religion, or language. Later on, I understood that educational tools, knowledge, and other programs could have rewritten their history… I never saw them as bad people. I saw an opportunity to help those who may have been lost, neglected, or misunderstood. 

Throughout our company’s history (est. 2006), we served youths who came from different walks of life. Each of them had their own [Hero’s] story, and every one of them had different styles to express themselves and cope with their life’s journey. As part of our mission, we want to assist everyone we serve with their self-development and self-actualization and share tools to develop and discover their identity. We choose art as one of the project components as it is a great outlet to express ourselves and channel our emotions. 

This project falls under restoration and rehabilitation practices and addresses social and community issues. In general, restorative justice programs aim to get juveniles to take responsibility for their actions, understand the harm they have caused, and give them an opportunity to redeem themselves and discourage them from causing further damage. The process starts with understanding yourself, controlling your mindset, self-acceptance, and acknowledging the need for change. Rehabilitation programs seek to prevent future crimes by altering a criminal’s behavior by providing educational, vocational, and other types of programs.

The use of restorative practices has the potential to:

  • reduce crime, violence, and bullying
  • improve human behavior
  • strengthen civil society
  • provide effective leadership
  • restore relationships
  • repair harm

The use of rehabilitation practices has the potential to:

  • to lower the rate of recidivism, or 
  • people committing another crime after getting released from prison. 


Working closely with the Cuyahoga Hills JCF facility team, we want to help with the transformation of youth to believe they can become contributing members of the community and make an impact.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand themselves and the Hero or Gift within them
  • Recite the steps in the change cycle
  • Present their story of self-reflection
  • Rewrite their story of transformational change 
  • Showcase or exhibit an art piece or performance of self-expression based on their story


Disbursed budget 04.22.22

TOTAL RAISED = $6,150.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $94.50

Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

  • Program, creative art materials & supplies - $3,300
  • Certified Master Life Coach stipends - $3,050
  • Program Assistant - $2,250
  • Certificates - $40
  • Transportation / Gas stipend - $200 
  • Showcase production - $1,500

           Total - $10,340


Thank you to our Heroes who supported this project!

  • 3/21/22- Our newest Hero, LaMarr, donated to this project. Thank you, LaMarr, for your support!
  • 3/18/22 - Our newest Hero, Audra, donated to this project. Among other things, Audra is a huge fan and supporter of iN Education’s Battle of the Teal program – she is serving at the capacity of an art mentor. Thank you, Audra, for your support!
  • 3/18/22 - Our newest Hero, Cleveland Time Records, donated to this project. Cleveland Time Records team has the vision to bring the world the beautiful and sophisticated art music that is jazz. Thank you to the entire team of the Cleveland Time Records for your support!
  • 3/18/22 - Our newest Hero, Jessica, donated to this project. Jessica is an independent artist/business owner. She is a changemaker, environmental …who sees and supports our vision of helping others. She is also known as ‘Forager’s Daughter.’ Thank you, Jessica, for your support!
  • 3/16/22 - Our newest Hero, Proficient Pro, LLC, donated to this project. The Proficient Pro, LLC team follow through on their mission to navigate its clients towards proficiency through professional business consulting and life coaching.
  • 3/14/22 - Our newest Hero, Beverly Williams, donated to this project. Ms. Williams is a Board Trustee at iN Education, and we thank her for her continuous support of our initiatives!
  • 3/13/22 - Our newest Hero, Sona, donated to this project. Thank you, Sona, for your support.
  • 3/8/22 - Thank you to all our Heroes who wish to stay anonymous; we appreciate your support!
  • 3/1/22 - Thank you to all our Heroes who wish to stay anonymous; we appreciate your support!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Vero K.
  • DeAndre N.
  • Vicki A.
  • Sprinkle Me Enterprise
  • LaMarr N.
  • Audra K.
  • Cleveland Time Records
  • Jessica H.
  • Proficient Pro, LLC
  • Beverly Williams
  • Sona N.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous