Reconstruction Inc./ L.E.A.D. (Leadership
Education and Advocacy Development) provides
critical thinking, decision-making, problem
solving, peer counseling and facilitation.
These goals are to help participants to
become self determined, responsible and
accountable to themselves and others.
They will also be invited to enroll in
Reconstruction's L.E.A.D. program.
Also as aftercare they will be given the
opportunity to help develop and facilitate
community based Saturday schools.
has been working with L.E.A.D. for the
past 6 months as part of our community
empowerment and engagement component.
We meet weekly to get updates as to the
progress at the Youth Opportunity Centers.
We reflect on what has been or
needs to be accomplished in the past and
coming weeks. Also, to plan which
guest speakers will come in to help assist,
give trainings and share experiences.
We dialogue with other facilitators
at the other centers. At these
meetings we have check-in, which give
added support for personal issues and
process has helped GeoClan.com to develop
community-based programs that engages
youth where they are at and helps us to
utilize emerging information technology,
trainings, discussion groups and events
to encourage unity and understanding.
This provides people of every ethnic
and cultural background the opportunity
to share their experiences, thoughts and
opinions with the world.
we are here with Charlotte Sigler, 22
years old, who has been a L.E.A.D. facilitator
and Resource Coordinator for Reconstruction
Inc. for 2 years. L.E.A.D. has been working
at the Youth Opportunity Centers since
2003 providing discussion groups on Emotional
Awareness, Family Dynamics and Institutional
Awareness. In the summer sessions,
educational excursions are added to amplify
their message and broaden the youths'
How did your become a member of
Well, there was a class given at 166 West
Lehigh in North Philadelphia for persons
recently released from prison.
It was a re-entry into society class that
spoke to dealing with stress and anger
better. It also dealt with life skills,
getting GED and not going back to prison.
Why did you get locked up?
I was locked up for robbery.
I was about 15yrs old and was locked up
for about 6 years. My sentence
was originally 4 and a half to 10 years,
but because of fighting, outbursts and
cursing people out I did not get out until
2 months shy of 6 years.
How are you doing with the law
GOOD! I'm on parole until
2007. My Parole Officer says that
I am one of her success stories.
With my parole I am not allowed to get
high or drink. I take two urine
tests a month. I can leave Philadelphia
What was appealing about Reconstruction?
Reconstruction was going to the
Northeastern Treatment Center and talking
to youth that were coming from the same
place that I was. I felt like youth
in general were not aware of what was
going on around them or of all the consequences
that lay in store for juvenile offenders.
I remember being locked at 19 years
old and there was a 13 year old girl in
there with me. She was only 13
years old! Reconstruction gives
me the opportunity to reach youth and
give them different perspectives and healthy
Did you take to facilitating naturally?
Yes, because I listen and I have
my own experiences that can contribute
to developing bonds with the youth we
How does your family feel about
My family has had a history of
trouble and is very supportive of what
I do. They ask questions from time
to time but mostly offer support when
I need them.
What do you hope to achieve?
I would like to achieve more growth
in myself, and a change for the positive
in other youths' lives. I want to broaden
their perspectives and be more global.
Take these messages to the world.
What do you want to do when you
Charlotte: I want to have children, go
to college, and continue to work with
youth and also model.