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Mentoring for IDOC

Free2Succeed is the Idaho Department of Correction's community mentorship initiative. Mentoring others through critical and often difficult times will not only provide necessary guidance and support for offenders but also, quite possibly, for their loved ones. As a mentor with the IDOC you will help fulfill our mission of protecting the public by:

...being part of the offender's support system and ensuring a successful transition into Idaho's communities;
...by providing accountability, trust, and a positive relationship where none may otherwise exist;
...by developing partnerships with IDOC staff, faith-based organizations, and other community support groups and services;
...by providing opportunities for offenders to change. Provide comfort and encourgement through difficult and stressful times, ensure the offender attends and completes required programs, and seek positive and edifying activities to develop social and problem-solving skills.

 

IDOC has partnered with the AmeriCorps VISTA program and placed an AmeriCorps VISTA member in each of the seven district probation and parole offices. This individual is responsible for assisting in building capacity and sustainability with the Free2Succeed program. Leveraging the power of the VISTAs throughout Idaho enables Free2Succeed to help more returning citizens get a mentor upon release. They will also work within their local communities to recruit additional mentors, help build strong, collaborative partnerships with community and faith-based organizations, work closely with probation and parole staff, and work to support the mentors in their respective districts. If you have any questions about mentoring in your area, please contact the VISTA member in that respective district.

 

What to do if you want to be a mentor:

1. Fill out a Mentor Application. You DO NOT need to complete a background check or provide sensitive, personal information.

2. If you are not a current volunteer with IDOC or not known to IDOC staff, you may be contacted for an interview prior to mentoring.

3. Attend mentor training as soon as possible. You may start mentoring before completing the training with approval from program staff.

4. You will be contacted by one of the Mentor Site Coordinators in the respective district you will be mentoring with further details.

5. Wait to be matched with a mentee. Depending on a number of circumstances, it may be a bit before we have an individual that meets the criteria for you to mentor, for example: released to your area, gender, age, etc.

 

 

Mentor Quick Links:

Mentor Application

Mentor Documents

 

Mentor Roles and Reponsibilities:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Committment to the Program
  • Act as a Role Model
  • Support, encourage, and teach
  • Motivate and demonstrate
  • Identify opportunities for growth and progress
  • Provide information and guidance
  • Develop partnerships and working relationships


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