REENTRY AFTERCARE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESENTATION PROGRAMS




TEAM TRAININGS

PROGRAM MODELS and PRESENTATIONS

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  • "2 Wake the Sleeping Giant"
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    Overview: A representative of Reentry AfterCare will come to your organization, community, church or business and give a short presentation on what Reentry AfterCare is and why they should get involved. There are many ways to be involved with assisting in the successful transition of reentry and reintegration of people returning to society. Many who support returning citizens attend a team training and directly help an individual with the transition process, many others become a member of the outer circle for a team or community because they have skills or resources to offer but not a lot of time, while still others become a financial donor for Reentry AfterCare to support our efforts. All of these roles are important and key to the continued success and growth of returning citizens, our communities, and Reentry AfterCare.



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  • "Bridges 2 Success"


  • Overview: Reentry AfterCare will return to an organization or community after an initial presentation of "2 Wake the Sleeping Giant" to offer this training for those interested in being a team member or learning more about Reentry AfterCare. You do not have to commit to being on a team to attend a team training. Also, you do not have to wait for us to come and do a presentation and come back again if you believe there is already a great interest for the training. The interactive 4 hour trainings are fast paced, and include topics such as overcoming mindsets, obstacles of reentry, networking with existing resources in the community and an overview of the model "Prison 2 Society" using "The Rule of Two's" concept developed by our National Director Paul Harrison. Also, you will have the chance to role play in an initial team meeting with a participant and work together to develop a "Partnership of Friendship" where all parties identify how they can help, what their responsibilities will be and how each, including the returning citizen, will assist these viable and capable people to help themselves and achieve a successful transition. This is "a hand up, not a hand out" model perspective.



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  • "Networking 2 Change"


  • Overview: This is a day long event where all organizations in the community, as well as the community itself, who have a hand in reentry, are invited to a day long seminar. Organizations include, but are not limited to, any faith-based or community-based organization, churches, civic groups, Department of Corrections / Community Corrections, Department of Human Services / Child Support Recovery, Department of Labor, Workforce Development, community employers and any member of the community who would like to be involved. The goals of the seminar are to identify the challenges each group in attendence faces in helping individuals reenter society, and how working together they can be overcome through building capacity and networking with other organizations, and by identifying ones you may not have known were there and developing relationships. Part of the day is set aside for some organizations to give a brief presentation on their individual programs or missions. Finally, Reentry AfterCare presents how to overcome the problems of reentry, by training and educating the community on vital reentry issues and how volunteers are the thread that weaves all the organizations in the community together. By utilizing all an organization's and community's EXISTING resources for reentry and reintegration we increase the capacity of all groups to exponentially serve those in need. "WORKING 2GETHER WORKS!"



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  • "Mentoring 2 Achieve"


  • Overview: Developed as a result of the findings produced by the Capstone Research Project, Mentoring 2 Achieve is a framework for mentoring and advising students endeavoring to enter higher education and the college/university environment who have been formerly incarcerated. Mentoring 2 Achieve has been deployed to accomplish the successful transition of these “non-traditional” students by indentifying the organizational elements (policies, culture, attitudes, and beliefs) within the college and university environment that act as structural barriers and impediments for formerly incarcerated students to reach their educational and professional goals. It is a guide for academic mentors, advisors and faculty who are dedicated to improving the opportunities for students who are classified and labeled as ex-felons in reaching their personal and professional intentions. Mentoring 2 Achieve is designed so as to be offered to groups, organizations, advocates and educators who mentor and advise students who have been formerly incarcerated, either in their regular individual or operational group activities or in workshops and seminars designed to meet the specific needs of students who are classified as ex-felons. Social, political, and economic networking strategies, as well as advocacy strategies are offered to meet the goals and objectives of particular groups or organizations requesting information and consultation on how best to advise, mentor, and advocate for these “non-traditional” students." WORKING 2GETHER WORKS!"



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  • "Barriers 2 Employment"


  • Overview: Employers in the community are invited to a presentation on the benefits of hiring ex-offenders and how returning citizens have a better chance of success with employment as well as reintegrating back into society as a whole. This interactive Barriers 2 Employment seminar targets employers, Workforce Development, Department of Labor, Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections, Community Corrections and all FBCOs as well as returning citizens, community volunteers and the general public. Reentry AfterCare introduces employers to tools they may not have known were available to them such as tax credits, bonding and support teams who will work with the employer to ensure returning citizens are successful, and who will intervene when they need a hand up. We also train employers on the obstacles of reentry, especially in reference to employment, and how they can be prepared for challenges and help the returning citizen overcome, avoid, or eliminate them all together. Anyone facing "Obstacles 2 Success" needs to take part in this interactive seminar.



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  • "Obstacles 2 Success"


  • Overview: Reentry AfterCare takes and active roll in empowering the community by continuing to be involved with volunteers, participants, and organizations after initial events and trainings. We do this in many ways. Reentry AfterCare provides continuing support and education to our teams toward empowering the community to cultivate and nourish its members and the members of other communities. Our Reentry AfterCare office also acts as a "networking hub" connecting these teams to other communities and resources. This offers them a way to solve problems or find resources not available to them in their own community. We also facilitate town halls and community healing events to help others in the community get past mindsets and preconceptions they may have toward ex-offenders.



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  • "Tripwires 2 Milestones"


  • Overview: 2 worlds collide when an individual walks through a gate from prison to society. There are many tripwires for those with even the best of intentions. Tripwires 2 Milestones teaches participants how to recognize those tripwires and turn them into milestones. These tripwires include, but are not limited to: Driver’s license and transportation, child support, employment, money, addictions, schedules, labels, language barriers, mindsets and the expectations of probation / parole. "Tripwires 2 Milestones" is a continuing education training for already existing "Bridges 2 Success" teams, and/or other approved volunteer groups.





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  • "Risk 2 Rewards"


  • Overview: Reentry AfterCare takes and active roll with empowering the community in working with returning citizens and others who qualify, by standing with them in the court room to find "alternatives to incarceration" or get sentence reconsiderations when it is in the best interest of both the individual and society. When a team of people from the community stand behind and support an individual, and pledge to work with them to assist with their reentry and change their path, the courts do take notice.






    Reentry AfterCare has developed additional training modules targeted toward the Department of Corrections, faith-based and community organizations (FBCO), and those returning citizens who are still incarcerated:



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  • "Prison 2 Society"


  • Overview: "Prison 2 Society" is a structured presentation to educate corrections officials on the "Intake 2 Gate" process that is needed to bridge faith-based and community-based programs in connecting the returning citizen to already existing resources in the community and supported by the "Bridges 2 Success" process model.







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  • "Intake 2 Gate"


  • Overview: "Intake 2 Gate" is targeted at the counselors, caseworkers and release coordinators in each facility to know the needs of the FBCO’s and the Bridges 2 Success Teams. Intake 2 Gate sets benchmarks for both corrections, service providers, and the returning citizen. Intake 2 Gate is a release process that assists returning citizens regardless if they are accepted into a Bridges 2 Success Team, or matched with other service providers.





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  • "Ladder 2 Success"


  • Overview: "Ladder 2 Success" is targeted at teaching those in attendance how to set realistic goals in an achievable timeline, and monitor the results of their decisions while reaching for the dream. Ladder 2 Success is best used post release as a life skills enhancement for lifting up the dream of those who attend while providing an atmosphere of positive thinking.

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