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Clyde Terry, Emerging Leaders Academy

In California where the cost to keep a criminal behind bars is between $47,000 – $94,000 per year and 70% of offenders return to jail within 1 year of being released. One man created a program that is changing lives for the better.


There are positive solutions to our challenges and positive people out there working hard to make them happen Clyde Terry is building a world that works for everyone!

Clyde lives a life of service and leadership. After 10 years in the Marine Corps, he went on to serve as an LA County Sheriff for 25 years. He has worked most of his career in two of LA’s toughest communities Compton and Watts.

While serving as a Sheriff he noticed that he was arresting the same people year after year and knew there had to be a better way. The solution he developed is a program called the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) that is turning around and saving lives.

The Emerging Leaders Academy provides tools for self empowerment through guidance, mentoring and training.  ELA is a path to opportunities, providing participants with essential career developmental skills for traditional employment, entrepreneurship training and a therapeutic writing workshop, all being alternatives to criminal behavior and violence thereby empowering participants to take a new direction in life.

IT WORKS!  90% of the Emerging Leaders Academy graduates do not re-offend! Let that sink in.  9 out of 10 of the graduates go forward in life and become positive contributors to their families, communities and country.

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2 replies on “Clyde Terry, Emerging Leaders Academy”

Peace & Blessings David,
It was a pleasure to meet you at emerging leaders academy. I enjoyed your talk, what I was able to catch, and I read your handout on launching my business, which seems to break it down into steps…very helpful!
This article is beautifully written, and I couldn’t agree more!
It has been an honor to serve this non profit for almost 2 years. It is richly rewarding to help people, who are genuinely open to receive and participate in their own evolution.
One Love
Jennifer Dawn

Such a joy to meet you and thank you for sharing your gifts with the Emerging Leaders Academy! Let me know how I can serve you as your launch your business. Blessings, David

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