Mentors are an integral part of LEAP’s holistic approach to education and helping women transition back into society. The women in our program lack access to basic resources needed to complete their business plan, such as computers and internet. In addition, most women in prison are isolated, and go months or even years without a visitor. The prospect of release is exciting, but also stressful as they consider getting a job, housing, and re-connecting with their children and society in general. The one-on-one mentor relationship provides a helping hand and friendly face during the critical transition months.
Mentors are asked to commit, at a minimum, to the following:
- Monthly visits at Homestead Correctional Institution for 6-8 months. We visit as a group and meet at 8:15 AM and finish at approximately 10:30 AM.
- Communication in between prison visits to assist with basic internet research needed for coursework.
- Monthly contact for the first year post-release.
- Providing guidance, encouragement, and support to their mentees as they navigate the difficult transition from prison to community.
Mentors are encouraged to engage much more intimately with their mentees than this summary requires; in fact, many of our mentorship pairs become close and remain friends for years. While still in prison, women rely on their mentors to help them conduct research for their entrepreneurship classes, and outside of prison, women often call on their mentors both in times of need and celebration.
Interested in making the difference in someone’s life?
Please fill out the Application to become a Mentor. Chosen mentors will receive an in-depth orientation before beginning a relationship.