Necessity is the mother of invention. The Winds of Change Weekend Work Program was created by our Juvenile Court Judge, J. Russell Jackson and Rebecca Sowers, Executive Director of Crossroads Foundation, Inc., a local nonprofit organization. The program is held Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Each day counts for 8 community service hours. Juveniles follow a strict schedule of events including: orientation, cleaning water buckets and troughs, feed and hay farm animals, stall cleaning, and general grounds keeping among other chores. Juveniles are graded on punctuality, cooperation, completion of tasks, work safety, willingness, attitude, attire and respect on a scale ranging from excellent to poor. Each report card includes comments explaining the juvenile's work weekend and any incidences that may have occurred. Additional weekends may be assigned by the juvenile's probation officer if the report card is not satisfactory. Gateway Academy has also been allotted spaces at Winds of Change for juveniles who commit minor offenses while at school. Additionally, both Jesse’s House and the Baldridge Boys Lodge are also granted the ability to use this program as a consequence to negative behavior. The program is funded using grant money received from the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia. More information can be found by clicking on the Crossroads Foundation link.