A Second Chance Works

COLUMBUS, Ga. - For years Charles Flowers was a fixture on the sidelines or in the dugout at Shaw High School. The former baseball and football coach may no longer be calling plays, but he's still having a direct impact on students' lives through a program he founded called "A Second Chance Works."

It's a Saturday morning at Carver High School and Coach Charles Flowers is pouring his heart into a group of Carver parents and their students. The students are enrolled in his unique program called "A Second Chance Works."

"Our number one goal, if we can do anything, is to recreate that parental involvement with the academic and disciplinary lives of the students we seem to touch," says Charles Flowers.

The students are in the program to learn discipline and life skills and how to set goals. They meet three times a week with Coach Flowers, his wife Cheryl and other program staff members.

"It's not only a second chance, but they have a different chance every morning when they wake up...they're given a chance to do something different, to change their lifestyle," says Cheryl Flowers.

Coach Flowers say the idea for the program started with a conversation he had with his grandson.

"Was reading about Jonah and the big fish.  And he said, Pawpaw, why is he running away?  And  I immediately realized that I was running away from what I was supposed to be doing," says Charles.

He then set out to create a program that would bridge the gap between students who were getting into trouble in school and their parents.

"So in lieu of a young man or a young lady getting suspended, them and their parents both can come into our program, and now they restore those issues that  they lost while learning these life skills that will help them to keep them from committing the same offense again," says Charles.

Trycelle Allen and her son, Jordan Hughes, were among those early Saturday morning attendees at Carver.

"Being a single parent and raising a male, it's  a job in itself, and it's one of my most important roles in life.  But our relationship was strained," says Trycelle Allen.

But since her son Jordan has been in the program, Trycelle says she's seen a big change.

"When I started going to Coach Flowers, it started like...it's more better now.  I'm able to come sit down and talk to her.  I'm bringing home good grades," says Jordan Hughes.

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