Published August 9, 2021

Transforming Prison Culture: Danville Correctional Center’s Building Block Program

If you attended The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) on August 5-6, you’ll likely remember the powerful Summit Impact story about a man named Renaldo Hudson.

Because of the partnership with Second Church in Danville, and the support of our generous audience over the years, Renaldo was able to attend the GLS for the first time while incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center.

After what he heard, Renaldo realized he could lead the change he wanted to see and was inspired to do something within the walls of his prison to change the culture. So, Renaldo started the Building Block program, which is a peer mentoring program set out to transform the lives of incarcerated men at Danville Correctional Center.

You may have heard a little bit of Renaldo’s story during the GLS, and the remarkable things he is doing now that he has been released. But we would love to share the rest of the story about how the Building Block program legacy is changing lives.

Watch this powerful 15-minute documentary on the impact of the Building Block program.

If you have ever donated to the Global Leadership Network, you too are part of stories like Renaldo’s. You make it possible to bring the GLS into 100+ prisons and counting. Thank you!

If you are interested in getting involved with the GLS Prison Program, go to to learn more!

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The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is a two-day infusion of actionable leadership insights and inspiration broadcast to hundreds of host sites across the United States every August. In the following months, the GLS is translated, contextualized and hosted by local leadership committees at hundreds of locations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. This global event convenes a world-class faculty who share their distinct perspectives and expertise, inspiring and equipping people around the world with practical leadership skills that can be applied within their context, wherever they have influence, and used to empower positive transformation where it’s needed most. Attracting an audience that represents various industries, including marketplace, non-profit, healthcare, education, government, ministry and corrections, the GLS has become a unique platform, unlike any other, bringing people together to not only empower better leadership within the organizations they represent, but in a growing number of cases around the world, this event also acts as a catalyst for organic local movements initiating systemic, city-wide change. What started as a single event back in 1990’s, the GLS has grown to attract tens of thousands of people today.