One Heart Event at The George W. Bush Presidential Library

Baylor University president Ken Starr hosted an event at the George W. Bush Presidential Center to celebrate the release of Jay Hein’s book, The Quiet Revolution.  In addition to serving as CEO of Sagamore Institute, Hein is a fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.  Sagamore and ISR have formed a partnership to advance the One Heart Project to provide mentoring for adjudicated youth in Texas.

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President Bush: Briefing on Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Quiet Revolution Report.

Special Edition of The Quiet Revolution

     In this special edition of The Quiet Revolution, readers are introduced to the One Heart Project and Texas Mentoring Initiative in addition to the impact President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush have made in the lives of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children.

 

      During the last year of the Bush presidency, a remarkable high school football game was played near Dallas, Texas, when Grapevine Faith hosted a team of juvenile offenders from a maxi-mum-security facility at Gainesville State School. The inspiring result is being made into a major motion picture called One Heart. The One Heart producers realized that not only would the movie be great entertainment, but it could ignite a movement across America to impact the lives of kids who need a second chance in life. To fuel this movement, the One Heart Project is launching the Texas Mentoring Initiative. 

 

     George W. Bush became a leading advocate for restorative justice as governor of Texas. When he arrived in the White House, President Bush used his 2004 State of the Union address to say,

“America is the land of second chances, and when the gates of prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.” Yet, he knew that path was a rugged one as men and women leaving prison struggled with fear isolation, and confusion. In response, President Bush led a prisoner reentry initiative, supplying mentors to provide the emotional and practical support needed by former prisoners to meet the challenges of everyday living.

 

     With the help of First Lady Laura Bush, the president also launched a Helping America’s Youth initiative to prevent juvenile crime. The Bush White House record of serving at-risk children was remarkable. It includes the recruitment of over 100,000 mentors for children of prisoners to break the intergenerational chain of crime and the participation of the First Lady in 125 events across 24 states to highlight successful youth-serving organizations. Today, the Bushes continue to serve the cause of at-risk children through the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

 

     The Texas Mentoring Initiative combines the Bush family’s love of Texas and passion for its most vulnerable children with the new opportunities presented by the One Heart movie to break the cycle of crime by juvenile offenders. This partnership signals a new chapter in the quiet revolution of citizen service, community restoration, and transformed lives.