The love and compassion embodied by late beloved comedian Robin Williams lives on through his 32 year old son, Zak Willliams. Williams recently made statements to CNN describing a charity initiative the 32 year old has taken on completely solo in which he teaches prison inmates complex financial concepts for free.
The Williams family has been known to embody a great deal of sympathy for people who have broken the law and found themselves in disempowered situations thereafter. Since the passing of his father Robin, Zakfelt the calling to reach out and make an impact right in the heart of theproblem-prison.
Every week Zak pays avisit to San Quentin prison in California during which time he imparts valuableand in depth knowledge about concepts such as banking, the stock market, andother major financial concepts which can empower inmates to recreate theirlives with more personal power and resources.
Williams shared with CNNthat, “Whether inmates are in for non-violent or violent crimes, a grosslydisproportionate amount of the crimes are money related. What we want to do isreveal a whole slew of ways to think about money, and hopefully reveal topeople that they can earn it in ways that they didn’t previously see,” Zaksaid.
“Giving back, and tryingto add value to people’s lives is something that’s been very helpful for mepersonally,” he added.
Zak stated also that oneof his major motivators and inspirations was his late father who always tookgreat joy in showing compassion to people needing empowerment saying,
“He was verycompassionate towards those who might not have been dealt a great hand in life.His capacity for compassion and love was limitless … it was something thatbrought him great joy, providing happiness and laughter for untold millions andmillions of people,” Zak explained.
Sadly, the sameconditions that drive people into prison end up being factors in their landingright back in prison shortly after being released. It’s no secret that theAmerican prison system is deeply fractured and ineffective, more so reinforcingcriminal behavior and lifestyles than rehabilitating lost people to regain lifeas empowered and healthy citizens.
It sounds like thelessons Zak Williams is teaching to inmates could be of benefit to many of us! For the time being, we salute Zak Willams forspreading love and knowledge through his good deeds.