From the perspective of restorative justice, youth offenders deserve second chances because they are capable of transformation. Among the many organizations which believe in youth reform is the Magone Home Aftercare Program (MHAP). It has been working with… Read More »
By: Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB
I used to be naughty as I was growing up. I would tease my young siblings especially my sister to the point of making her angry; many times to the point of tears. She even ran after me with a table fork! I had the liberty to do this because my parents were away. At home, we only had our helper who was also a distant relative to manage the house. But I was beyond her control. At any hint of trouble, I was the culprit.
When dad arrived, my sister would immediately report all my trouble making at home. At first, my dad would call me and advise me to be more kind and respectful. But after several warnings and futile efforts to correct me, he was forced to execute disciplinary measures. I remember my dad spanking me several times. I resented him for that. On hindsight, I realize what my dad did was right. He had the duty to correct me. I believe, I am a better person today because of those “spankings.” Today I understand better that he did what he should do because he truly cared for me.
The Salesian Philippine South Province designed an intensive aftercare treatment to a child in conflict with the law (CICL) after he has undergone rehabilitation in a CICL facility like the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY), a youth… Read More »
“In every young person, a point of goodness is accessible, and it is the primary duty of the educator to discover that sensitive cord of the heart so as to draw out the best in the young person.”… Read More »