Dave Durocher is the executive director of The Other Side Academy (TOSA), a therapeutic community based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this discussion Dave shares his history of drug addiction and crime that led him to serve over 15 years in prison before being accepted into Delancey Street (the therapeutic community that TOSA is modeled after). We also got into details about the innovative approach TOSA takes to teaching morality, sustaining itself financially, and providing a realistic path out of drug abuse and crime. In particular we delve into the practice of "The Games" at TOSA as a tool of learning accountability, trust, vulnerability and a way to let off steam. The Other Side Academy: https://www.theothersideacademy.com/ David Brooks on the Nuclear Family: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-nuclear-family-was-a-mistake/605536/ Delancey Street: http://delanceystreetfoundation.org/
Can People Change? The Miracle of The Other Side Academy with Dave Durocher
INspired INsider Podcast
Dave Durocher is the Executive Director of The Other Side Academy, a training school that saves lives by changing behavior. Before helping to launch The Other Side Academy, Dave was at Delancey Street for eight years where he rose to become the Managing Director of their 250-person Los Angeles facility. Dave got into Delancey Street after a Judge gave him a chance to change his life when he was at the brink of a 29-year prison sentence. He first got arrested at age 13 and by the time he was 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of 15 years. Today, Dave has moved on to the next chapter in his life. He's the Executive Director of The Other Side Academy in Salt Lake City. In this episode… Saving lives by changing behaviors isn’t impossible. However, it requires a lot of hardwork and dedication from the individual and from the support system who will help him get to where he wants to be. This positive shift is the expected outcome from the program of a two and a half year re-education facility. Their members are those with a long history of entanglement with the law; in fact, a lot of those who are working with this facility have been arrested over 25 times and would often be cast out as hopeless. But The Other Side Academy is committed to transforming the lives of long term drug addicts who have records for a multitude of other crimes. It’s led by Dave Durocher, who himself got on the bad side of life and was given a chance to change things for the better and turn his entire life around. They not only turn these people’s lives around, they turn them from being inclined to criminal behavior to being productive members of society. The best part? They are doing it for free. does. Join Dr. Jeremy Weisz on this episode of the Inspired Insider as he talks with Dave Durocher, the Executive Director at The Other Side Academy, about his powerful and inspiring story on how shifting your mindset can change your life. Dave shares his criminal past and journey to transformation with Dr. Weisz. They also discussed how Dave got into Delancey Street, his initial rejection and what being in the program meant for him, and how his life has changed since then. Stay tuned.
Dave Durocher was arrested for the first time at the age of thirteen. By the time he was 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of fifteen years. Dave was arrested yet again, and this time he was facing a twenty-nine-year prison sentence. In what the judge called “the chance of a lifetime” he afforded Dave the opportunity to go to Delancey Street instead of prison but reminded Dave in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t complete his commitment at Delancey Street he would be spending the rest of his life in prison. Dave is tenacious, interpersonally skilled, a good manager, and an inspiring public speaker. He had helped countless others regain their dignity and their lives before he moved on to enjoy his own success as the person he had become. Now Dave has moved on to the next chapter in his life as the Executive Director of The Other Side Academy, in Salt Lake City, a two-year Life Skills Academy similar to Delancey Street, where men and women can come to learn about honesty, accountability, integrity hard work, and self-respect. All the traits that will insulate them from a life like the one Dave had and enable them to become the kind of person Dave is today. #TOSA #strong #confident #honest #integrity #accountability #choice #change #powerful #beliefcast #tsinspires
This weeks episode introduces Dave Durocher, Executive Director of The Other Side Academy. What can I say about Dave. You will be drawn to Dave for his honesty, story and uniqueness. He has not only changed his life but he has also changed the lives of hundreds of people around him. His story will make you ponder on the split second decisions we make and the true impact of them. He will also make you consider what compassion really is to each of us. It is a fantastic ending to Season 1 of A Culture of Kindness.
Is prison designed to help inmates become better people or better criminals? Dave Durocher, the managing director of The Other Side Academy, joins Boyd to talk about the criminal justice system, the role of community in changing people, and what The Other Side Academy does. Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News, takes you inside the latest political happenings. Bringing an elevated conversation on the principles that drive this country and make Utah a great place to thrive and live. Listen weekdays 12:30 to 1 pm at 1160 AM and 102.7 FM, online, or on the app. https://kslnewsradio.com/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.