Changing Behaviors, Changing Lives, Changing Futures for West Virginia Families
Second Chance Mentoring Re-Launched
January 30, 2015
A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future and believe it can be obtained. Mentoring is a key strategy that KISRA uses as we strengthen families in West Virginia.
The new and improved KISRA Second Chance Mentoring Program (SCMP) embodies this strategy. In January, we welcomed Ronald Maniece (Program Manager), Linda Lane and Robin Young (Program Specialists) and Lesli Brooks (Mentor Coordinator) to Team KISRA to implement this program. Ronald and Linda are in our Beckley office. Robin and Lesli are in our Institute office.
Together the SCMP team members are working towards the goal of promoting the success and reducing the likelihood of recidivism among previously incarcerated persons returning to Kanawha, Berkeley, Cabell, Raleigh and Mercer Counties, West Virginia. Most importantly, this Second Chance Act funded initiative will help to promote public safety by ensuring that the transition individuals make from prison/jail to the community is successful.
Many studies show that ex-offenders who obtain steady jobs and develop social bonds have lower recidivism rates. Mentoring offers emotional support and practical advice to help ex-offenders navigate everyday barriers and frustrations. A supportive, positive role model at this crucial time in their lives can mean all the difference in making that goal a reality.
Who can enroll in SCMP?
Persons aged 18 to 39 years, who are within 90 days of being released from a state jail or prison and planning to return to Kanawha, Berkeley, Cabell, Raleigh and Mercer Counties, West Virginia are our target audience.
How can you help?
We are in search of mentors for this initiative. Mentoring will mostly be in group settings and will begin while the mentees are still incarcerated. Mentors receive extensive training and support during their six month to one year service terms.