10 May Director of The Other Side Academy Empowers Incarcerated Individuals with a Message of Transformation and Hope
On Thursday, May 4, 2023, Dave Durocher, executive director of The Other Side Academy and former TEDx speaker, addressed approximately 150 incarcerated individuals in the chapel of the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.
During the hour-long event, Durocher spoke about his early life choices that led him to his first two-year term of incarceration, followed by behaviors in adulthood that led to additional sentences, totalling 21 years of prison time. After being sentenced to 22 more years, Durocher’s desire to change granted him the opportunity to instead participate in a two-year, resident-run program called Delancey Street, where he stayed for eight years.
Durocher shared how he managed the Los Angeles facility for the last five years of his stay and the many values he learned during his time at Delancey Street, expounding especially on accountability, learning how to successfully live in mainstream society, and how each person has the ability to change if they are willing to be honest with themselves and put in the work.
During the last 30 minutes of his presentation, Durocher focused on fielding questions from the incarcerated individuals and spoke with them about The Other Side Academy, which is similar to Delancey Street.