Women Positively Influencing Others

Women who are willing to not only change from illegal to legal and morally upstanding attitudes and behaviors, but will then work with us and others in helping positively influence others, including younger generations, will be our organization’s best and brightest successes!!!

I got a call 2 nights ago from a former ABE/GED student from when I taught at Whitworth Women’s Facility. She returned home to Marietta a few months ago and is now working 2 jobs, saving money to buy a car and get into her own place, and is ready to get back into school to get her GED. Some people DO get it and DO want to improve their lives.

I’m working with others, some progressing better than others. One of my main focuses: Obtaining funding so I can be paid to do this very meaningful work and return to doing it full-, or at least, part-time. I’m much better at working for money than just asking for it, hence my 2 other jobs…but if anyone (individual, couple, family, and/or business) is interested in donating to this very valuable work, your donation will be tax deductible.

You can either contact me directly or push the donate button on our website.

Thanks, and Happy New Year (2015), World!!!

Linary Kingdon
Founder/Executive Director
404-304-2542
http://www.linkedin.com/in/linarykingdon

We made the news!!

The Hartwell Sun ran a story about our work at Whitworth Women’s Facility on May 15, 2014. It cannot be accessed without a paid subscription, however, we were granted permission to include it here:

Whitworth Inmates Getting a Second Chance
by Lake Morris

Staff writer

Most of the inmates at Whitworth Women’s Facility are looking for a second chance when they get out. Linary Kingdon wants to make sure they have that chance.

Kingdon is the executive director and founder of Achieve Greater Success, a non-profit organization that aims to promote skills for healthy living for inmates.

“I am just passionate about helping empower women to be better mothers,” Kingdon said. “These women that we work with, they aren’t bad people. They are women that either made a mistake or just got hit with some bad luck. I want to help give them a chance to get on the right path while here, and take what they learn once they get out.”

The non-profit has been in existence since A pril 2010, but the seed for the idea was planted in 2002 when Kingdon was teaching third grade in Darien.

“A lot of the students I had needed more help than I could give them. I kept wishing for a way to do after-school tutoring, but I didn’t have the resources,” she said.

After a 2005 stop in Sandy Springs as an English-as-a-second-language (ESOL) teacher, Kingdon began work on building funds and getting the beginnings of Achieve Greater Success off the ground, and in 2010, she filed her 501(c)3 non-profit status paperwork.

Leaving the schoolhouse to work in a prison wasn’t new. Kingdon had experience working in a corrections institution since 1997, when she was an evening computer lab supervisor at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.

Most recently, she worked with the Georgia Corrections Deparment from January 2013 to April of this year.

One of the main tenants for the program is helping women with their General Education Development (GED) or their Adult Basic Education (ABE). The classes are available to non-Performance Incentive Credit (PIC)-eligible inmates. Inmates can earn PIC points and work toward an early release.

But Kingdon didn’t want to only help women get their GED or ABE certificates. She said many of the women also need help with how to turn their life around.

“A lot of times people fall back into old habits once they get out. Either because they think they have no other option, or they have no where to go,” she said.

So Kingdon added healthy living educaiton and effective problem-solving classes as well to the program.

“The point of giving a healthy living education is to first help them live a life free of addiction, abuse and crime,” Kingdon said. “I want to help them have a plan for when they get out, and we try to steer them towards their interests for a career, and possibly look into going to a local technical college to get a post-secondary degree.”

Kingdon added that many have no one to help them when they get out. “They actually have a better support system on the inside than they do on the outside.”

For more information about Achieve Greater Success, visit www.achievegreatersuccess.org.

Donations can be made through PayPal on the website, or donations can be mailed to 190 Meadow Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

Personal items for indigent women

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013, was a special day. Collaborative efforts between Achieve Greater Success and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints enabled Whitworth Women’s Facility in Hartwell, GA to receive $1,000 worth of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and deodorant for their indigent women. Special thanks to Elberton Branch President Van Rownd and Whitworth Chaplain Stanley Rucker for their efforts and for letting us be a part of this most meaningful service.

We love helping people!

AGS Founder, Linary Kingdon, loves helping people and working with others who love helping people. On the left is Susan, who works in Medical, and on the right, Brenda, who works with Linary in Education @ Whitworth Women’s Facility in Hartwell, Georgia. When we’re helping, we’re happy!!

Fun experiences!!

We are having a great time teaching and practicing songs with children in conjunction with the summer lunch program at ALCES, the Athens Latino Center for Education and Services in Athens. Below:

June 5, 2013Our ALCES group

First we teach and learn….

and then we practice….

June 6, 2013 – and then we teach, learn and practice some more.

Progress is observable in different ways.

It can also be multi-layered and often not outwardly observable. That’s what’s going on now.

Stepping away from AGS a bit…I’ve recently been seeing updates about former students and teaching colleagues on facebook. Just read a post of a high school girl I taught in kindergarten. She was tiny and cute as a button in kindergarten. Her post said that today is her last day as a junior. We should plan a reunion for this group and hold it near the end of next year before they graduate!!

On another note….I am about to submit a proposal for our Georgia Multicultural Children’s & Youth Choirs!!

Our First Performance!!

Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 @ 3pm was the first performance of our Children and Youth Choir. We performed at Iris Place, an independent retirement community in Athens. The singers did very well!!! Afterwards we enjoyed cookies and lemonade, as well as, mingling with the residents.

Juggling

I recently began a part-time job that will involve teaching GED and ABE in a women’s prison and am in the process of moving. Why is it so hard to pin myself down to write the things necessary to obtain funding? I’m not sure. This is all a very big learning experience, professionally, as well as personally. Actually, I take that back. I DO know why it’s hard to pin myself down – because I usually go in so many different directions. Writing things and pursuing money require a certain type of discipline that is challenging for me.