May 29th, 2008 05:09 EST
Hey, It's Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A.Ed
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Speaker offers motivation for life
Glenn Brandon Burke talks with inmates about choices, education
BY SARA REED
Inmates at the Larimer County Detention Center got a reminder Thursday that they have control over their lives and their future, a message some of them said served as a good reminder.
"Unless you're dead, everything is a choice," Glenn Brandon Burke told nearly 50 inmates at the Larimer County Detention Center on Thursday. "It's your life. No one can tell you what to do."
Burke, who said he was one step away from winding up dead or in jail when he was younger, spoke at the jail as part of the Character First program. He told of when his father left when he was 10, of being expelled from school in sixth grade and becoming a drug dealer in high school to convey his messages.
Miguel Gamez is about a month away from finishing a year-long sentence for drunk driving and said that although he always knew in someway it was his choice to drink and drive, it's very valuable to be reminded that life is full of choices.
"Before, I always thought it was bad luck that I got caught," he said. "Now I'm conscious of my choices."
Beyond making good choices, Burke stressed the importance of education and knowledge and encouraged inmates to get the education they need to do what they want to do with their lives.
Burke said he began attending community college at 28 and now, at 44, is only months away from getting his master's degree.
"Success is not about dollars and cents," he said. "Success is being happy with what you do.”
That message on education is one that 48-year-old Del Rodriguez tries to stress to his children. Rodriguez, who has two associate's degrees, said he takes many classes at the jail and sends the certificates to his children when he completes them.
"We need to strive for education for our children," he said. "You have to set an example for your children."
Gamez, 40, said he was encouraged by Burke's educational experience because he wants to go for his associate's degree when he gets out of jail next month.
"It's nice to know someone my age can do it," he said. "It just reconfirms that things are possible."
Every Thursday read Glenn's advice column online at www.TheSOP.org. Learn more about Mr. Burke at www.GlennBrandonBurke.com
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