Mentoring and Community Partnerships
Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. "I don't want to go back to that,” Davis said. “But I need to work, to make a living."
Troubleshooting Training: How Three Programs Prepare Volunteers to Mentor People Leaving Prison and Jail
Staff at the CSG Justice Center talked to three reentry programs with promising training practices about their experiences developing and delivering training to volunteer mentors.
From National Mentoring Month to Black History Month–Highlighting the Value of Mentorship for Communities of Color and People in Reentry
“We would never want mentors to refer to the mentees [using] negative terminology that’s associated with incarceration,” said Ronald Day, associate vice president of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at the Fortune Society, a New York City organization that was awarded a Second Chance Act adult mentoring grant in 2016.
The Connection Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization, was one of five organizations in the country to receive the 2016 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award from the National Criminal Justice Association.
In Wayne County, Detroit Central City uses peer supports in their work with low-income individuals who have serious mental and behavioral health needs. As a FY2014 Second Chance Act Mentoring grantee, the organization credits its first peer-support project to statewide interest in using peer supports as a component of substance use treatment and mental health care.