magazine as one of nine finalists for its Readers' Choice Hero
In 2009 Edwards recruited dozens of community partners to help him launch the Innovative Concepts Academy
in an abandoned St. Louis school. Innovative Concept, part of the St. Louis Public Schools, targets at-risk city youth by administering strict discipline, counseling programs and mandatory after-school activities.
Edwards was motivated to start the school after watching a string of teen offenders come though his courtroom. Apprised that he'd been named a finalist for People
magazine's award, Edwards deflected praise to everyone who helped him with the school.
"I am so proud of all the teachers, staff, volunteers, and most of all, the students who have made our Innovative Concept Academy a success," he says.
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Congratulations to St. Louis Juvenile Court Judge Jimmie Edwards, who's been selected by the editors of