Re-entry Mentorship Program
June 17th, 2015
Restorative Partner’s Reentry Mentorship Program hopes to build a safer community, reunite families and children, and develop caring, contributing citizens by providing services that assist men and women released from San Luis Obispo County Jail make a successful re-entry into the community. Our mission is to help and to heal all those impacted by crime. We recognize that an often missing component in the reentry process is a focus on the interpersonal and intrapersonal skill development. These include improved self-esteem, ability to create new and positive social networks, and an introduction to recreational hobbies as a tool to promote healthy and constructive uses of time. Through the Reentry Mentorship Program, we match participants with mentors who will serve as a support person, confidant, resource, and friend who engages with their mentees in recreational activities. These mentors will also act as guides, assisting participants through the many and varied barriers facing the reentry community. The program is designed to work in partnership with treatment programs, probation, counseling and addiction services to help support people in the process from incarceration to fully incorporated member of the community.
The goal of the Reentry Mentorship Program is to decrease rates of recidivism by encouraging participants to make positive life choices that will promote healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and lead to personal growth and success. We hope to inspire new passions, hobbies, and interests through recreational opportunities. We hope to build self-esteem, improve communication skills, and improve knowledge of community resources for those recently incarcerated.
Meeting together for four to six hours a month, in person weekly, and making a commitment to work together for one year, it is our hope that mentors and mentees will form a friendship that lasts beyond the year commitment. Each matches’ time will be spent according to their interests. These can include recreational activities like attending a sporting event, live music or theater as well as enrolling in a class of mutual interest. There are also many free local activities and events like the beach, hiking, or attending one of the local farmer’s markets. Mentors will also assist the mentees to overcome barriers, as they arise. This could include creating a budget or resume, finding and maintaining employment and housing, as well as complying with terms of their probation, like attending meetings and counseling appointments.
We will be having a new mentor orientation at 6 pm on July 7th at our new office. For more information and how you can get involved with our Reentry Mentorship Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.