Pay It Forward
The IF Project is a program created by Detective Kim Bogucki from the Seattle Police Department. It started when she asked a single question to a group of inmates — “What if someone could have said or done something to keep you from ending up on the path that led you here?” That question led one inmate to make sure all of her peers answered the question as well. The answers were all about support. Most of the inmates who answered said more support would have kept them off of the path that led them to prison. When Kim heard those stories and pleas for help, she realized she could have these inmates help others to keep from going down the same path. She now brings ex-convicts to schools to help show children what can help them not go on the path to self-destruction and criminal behavior.