Hi! My name is Jimmy Wu and I thank you for taking a few moments to read my profile description. I'm the Case Manager at InsideOUT Writers (IOW), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that teaches creative writing classes inside the Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls, select Probation camps and in Chino and Ironwood State Prison. IOW also offers what is called the Alumni Program to former students once they are released from custody. Reentry services and support are provided as a means for our alums to recover from past mistakes and move forward in life. For all details about InsideOUT Writers, I invite you to visit our website at www.insideoutwriters.org.
Why am I running the 2015 Los Angeles Marathon on behalf of IOW? InsideOUT Writers is more than just an organization I work for. I was once one of the organization's students just like the alums I now work with. I made a huge mistake in 1996 at the age of 16 years old that resulted in my own incarceration. The consequences for my actions resulted in 13 1/2 years of being away from my family and friends. It was only through the extraordinary lessons I learned in IOW's writing classes all those years ago that I was able to survive a horribly hostile and demoralizing environment for all those years. I have witnessed firsthand the therapeutic effects of releasing demons through paper and pen and allowing self-healing to occur through introspection and vulnerability. I am running for InsideOUT Writers because I am a product of the incomparable work and love that everyone from IOW has put in to help mold me into the person I am today. I am running for IOW because the visibility of this remarkable organization has to be raised in the public eye. Most importantly, I am running on behalf of InsideOUT Writers because I, like the young people we serve at IOW, want to show the world that there is so much more to us than our past mistakes and if given the proper guidance and support, we can truly evolve from being just formerly incarcerated people to assets to our communities.
I've never run a marathon before nor have I ever thought I'd actually be attempting to run one. This is going to be one of the most daunting goals I've ever set for myself and it is my hope that those of you reading this will help support me by either sponsoring me or joining our InsideOUT Writers team.