IDOC Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Free2Succeed
By Jeff Kirkman, Free2Succeed program manager

Idaho Department of Correction celebrates National Mentoring Month in January with the Free2Succeed Community Mentor Program. 

The Free2Succeed program provides individuals who are incarcerated in Idaho’s prisons an opportunity to request a mentor that would be able to assist in overcoming obstacles and issues during their reentry back into society. 

Mentors can help strengthen pro-social behaviors, assist with finding employment, invite them to church, work to establish better family relationships, encourage accountability, work with and support supervising probation and parole staff, develop and recommend community support services, and so much more. 

“Our mission is to help keep the people of Idaho safe, and one of the ways we do that is by working to reduce recidivism,” says IDOC Director Henry Atencio. “Free2Succeed mentors play a critical role in this effort by helping newly released offenders stay on track and develop positive, social connections in the community.”

The Idaho Department of Correction has partnered with Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) to help with the efforts of the Free2Succeed program throughout Idaho.

Free2Succeed provides an exciting opportunity for the community to get involved by being a mentor to someone that may be their neighbor one day after coming out of prison. 

To volunteer with Free2Succeed please email Free2Succeed at mentoring@idoc.idaho.gov or visit www.idoc.idaho.gov for more information. 

Story published: 01/02/2018
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