"Intelligence plus character" that is the goal of true education - Martin Luther King Jr.
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     MR. DARREN DARDEN STARTED DARDEN ENLIGHTMENT CENTER AS HE WITNESS THE NEED FOR A QUALITY PROGRAM THAT WOULD HELP THOSE IN NEED FIND DIRECTION, COUNSELING, ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE AND JOB SKILL PREPARATION WHILE EMPOWERING THEM TO BE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE. 

IN HIS OWN WORDS, MR. DARDEN STATED:

    THE THINGS THAT I WITNESS PRIOR TO STARTING UP THIS PROGRAM WERE BAD ENOUGH TO STIR UP THE EMOTIONS OF ANY CONCERN CITIZEN:

1) I REMEMBER LOOKING OUT AT THE CORNER AND SEEING THE YOUTH THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN SCHOOL STANDING OUTSIDE WITH THEIR PANTS HANGING DOWN AND THEIR GANG AFFILIATED COLORS ON

2) I REMEMBER GOING INTO STORES AND WATCHING AS 7 - 12 YEAR OLD CHILDREN WOULD GO IN THERE IN GROUPS (SOME WOULD WATCH AND SOME WOULD STEAL - ORGANIZE CRIME)

3) I CAN REMEMBER KIDS STANDING OUTSIDE OF LOCAL STORES DURING SCHOOL HOURS AND I WOULD ASK WHY ARE YOU NOT IN SCHOOL? AND THEY WOULD REPLY I AM KICK OUT OF SCHOOL, I DID NOT WANT TO GO TODAY, IT'S TOO HARD OR MY MOTHER OR FATHER DIDN'T GRADUATE SO I AM NOT WORRYING ABOUT IT EITHER

4) I CAN REMEMBER AS I WATCH SINGLE MOTHERS WALK DOWN THE STREET INSTRUCTING THEIR CHILDREN ON DOING THINGS AND THEY WOULD TELL THEIR MOTHERS NO - I AM NOT DOING IT OR EVEN WORSE ATTEMPT TO HIT, KICK OR CURSE AT THEIR OWN MOTHER
 
5) I CAN REMEMBER WHEN SEEING 13-14 YEAR OLD TEENAGERS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN SCHOOL STANDING ON THE CORNER EITHER SELLING DRUGS OR USING THEM 

6) I CAN REMEMBER SEEING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY RECENTLY RELEASED FROM THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM (SOMETIMES WITHIN A WEEK) COMMITTING THE SAME CRIMES THAT THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY PLACE IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM FOR
 
7) I WATCH AS YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN STOOD ON THE CORNERS OF STREETS, BEHIND BUILDINGS AND IN ALLEY WAYS AND DO THINGS THAT NO PERSON SHOULD EVER HAVE TO DO OR BE PROUD OF DOING

8) I WATCH AS YOUNG MEN AND SENIOR CITIZENS WOULD GO INTO STORES AND COULD NOT EVEN COUNT THE CHANGE IN THEIR OWN HAND

HOW CAN THIS BE? WHERE IS THE DIRECTION? WHERE IS THE HOPE? THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY

WHAT IF THESE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY HAD SOMEBODY WHO THEY COULD RELATE TO WITH THEIR SITUATION, WHAT IF THEY HAD SOMEONE THEY COULD TRUST AND LOOK UP TO AS A ROLE/PEER MODEL, WHAT IF THEY HAD SOMEONE THAT COULD SHOW THEM THAT THEIR IS LIFE OUTSIDE OF THEIR CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCE, WHAT IF THEY COULD BE SHOWN THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE THINGS THEY COULD ACCOMPLISH BY HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE, GOOD CHARACTER, A GOOD EDUCATION  AND A POSITIVE SPIRIT ON LIFE ITSELF - THE POSSIBILITIES WOULD BE UN-ULIMITED AND SO WE SET OUT ON OUR MISSION.

MISSION:
TO OPEN AN OUTREACH CENTER THAT PROVIDES A STRUCTURAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PERSONAL GROWTH FOR THOSE IN NEED THAT THROUGH THIS CENTER WE WOULD PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE, CHARACTER BUILDING, HELP IN DEVELOPING INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, HELP IN BECOMING HEALTH CONSCIOUS, TEACH JOB TRAINING SKILLS AND EMPOWER THEM TO DEVELOP TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL - AND ON THOSE PRINCIPLES DARDEN ENLIGHTMENT CENTER WAS CREATED"