The Prisoner Pre-Entry Mentoring Pilot Project (PPMPP)
helped people prepare for prison life and develop a goal-oriented plan to be productive and healthy in prison. Once in prison, a mentor communicated with each client to provide support, and helped the person plan for successful re-entry.
- Mentoring sessions provided guidance on preparing for prison life, negotiating the prison system, and planning for a successful re-entry.
- The pilot project results demonstrated mentoring changed clients’ lives for the better. Out of 18 men, 15 participated in prison exercise, job training, GED education, substance abuse and/or anger management programs and one released client entered a job training program. All the clients said the mentoring helped them change their lives.
- Jay Coleman, a formerly incarcerated individual, is the Male Mentor who ran the pilot project in 2015. Clients were counseled to improve their lives and set goals to come out of prison “ten times smarter and ten times stronger,” ready to go back to their community with achievable objectives on employment, housing, social activities, exercise, and family restoration. Jay mentored clients that, “Re-entry starts the first day you enter prison. Keep your eyes on the prize—to re-enter society with a positive attitude, hope, and a plan for a more productive and healthy life.”
Based on the success of the pilot project, funding is being sought to launch a permanent Prisoner Pre-entry Mentoring Program.
Jay Coleman, Client Coordinator
194 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210