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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.

Second Chance Act Mentoring Grantee Receives National Criminal Justice Program Award

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.

For the Formerly Incarcerated, Peer Mentoring Can Offer Chance to ‘Give Back’

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.

NRRC Projects

Second Chance Act Programs Supporting Community-Based Mentoring and Transitional Services for Adults

Through the Second Chance Act, multiple programs have provided funding for nonprofit organizations—including faith-based, tribal, and community-based nonprofit organizations—and federally recognized tribal communities to provide mentoring and transitional services for adults returning to their communities from incarceration. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention have administered the awards.

Second Chance Act Programs Supporting Mentoring and Transitional Services for Youth

Through the Second Chance Act, multiple programs provided funding for nonprofit organizations—including faith-based, tribal, and community-based nonprofit organizations—and federally recognized tribal communities to provide mentoring and transitional services for youth returning to their communities from secure confinement settings, as well as for children and families of incarcerated parents. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administered the awards.

Key Resources

Mentoring as a Component of Reentry: Practical Considerations from the Field

This publication offers five broad, field-based practical considerations for incorporating mentoring into reentry programs for adults. Although the primary audience for this publication is community-based reentry organizations that are incorporating adult mentoring into their portfolio of reentry services, corrections agencies, other organizations, and legislative officials may also find this publication useful for gaining a better understanding of the components of adult mentoring in reentry.

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Community-Based Organizations and Corrections Agencies: Relationship-Building Questionnaire

An appendix from Mentoring as a Component of Reentry, "Community-Based Organizations and Corrections Agencies: Relationship-Building Questionnaire," is available as a separate, complementary resource for community-based adult reentry programs that are seeking to formalize a partnership with a corrections agency.

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Reentry Partnerships: A Guide for States & Faith-Based and Community Organizations

This guide offers practical recommendations for how state government officials and community-based service providers can better use limited resources to help people released from prisons and jails successfully and safely rejoin neighborhoods and families.

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Mentoring Formerly Incarcerated Adults: Insights from the Ready4Work Reentry Initiative

This report explores mentoring as a tool for supporting the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals within the context of a larger reentry strategy—in this case, the Ready4Work model. This report describes Ready4Work's mentoring component; it examines the extent to which mentoring was attractive to participants, the types of adults who volunteered to serve as mentors and how receipt of mentoring was related to participants' outcomes.

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