What you will learn:
"We do not have to be victims of our own stories...but interestingly enough, stories are a way out of our suffering. We hold the power to change our story." - Sammy Rangel
Sammy will share stories of his childhood which was filled with so much abuse and neglect that it's hard not to empathize with the fact that it led him to a 7-year prison sentence in solitary confinement. Sammy is the founder of Formers Anonymous, a self-help group for criminals and addicts who are looking for support on how to change and recover from their addictive behavior. His story is extraordinary.
Being a victim of childhood physical, mental, and sexual abuse, he lived most of his juvenile life as a homeless throwaway child, who very quickly encountered drugs, crime, sex, and violence in the street. He has enhanced his credibility by overcoming addiction and recovering from a life of gangs, violence, and maximum-security prison to become a college graduate, a street-savvy counselor, a mentor, and now a father of four. Having graduated with Presidential honors and Summa Cum Laude, Sammy holds a Master of Social Work Degree and has earned several awards. His autobiographical book, FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness is not simply a graphically illustrated memoir, but also a ‘manual’, as it goes in depth concerning the steps it takes to forgive, change and recover.
Learners will come away with new insight on how to improve the quality of their state of mind around adversity, forgiveness, unresolved issues, and a renewed sense of appreciation and gratitude for their own experiences.
Trigger warning: The horrific abuse Sammy endured and other details of his life may be disturbing.
This course may include readings, media, and discussions around topics such as physical and sexual abuse, violence, death, and identity-based discrimination and harassment. I acknowledge that this content may be difficult. I also encourage you to care for your safety and well-being.
About the instructor:
Sammy co-founded Life After Hate, Inc., a unique non-profit organization founded and operated by former violent extremists. He is the author of FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness, an autobiography, chronicling physical and sexual abuse he endured as a child which eventually led him down a path of self-destruction (including more than 15 years in prison) and his path of change and recovery.
In August 2012, he founded Formers Anonymous (FA). FA is a national self-help group based on a 12-step model for those addicted to street life looking for support and answers about change and recovery.
As a serial entrepreneur, Sammy has led the successful development of many national models in the nonprofit industry and research in fields such as addictions, re-entry, crisis intervention, best practices, and social evolution. He is a beacon of light in the communities he works within and has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years for his dedication to serving the public as a whole and individuals in need of help.
As an international speaker, podcaster, coach, and radio personality his messages of healing and transformation are highly sought after and captivating. Sammy considers his most crucial role in life as being a loving and present father to his children.
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