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Project Peer Connection

A Peer Mentoring Program for Reintegrating Ex-Offenders

 

What is Peer Mentoring?

Peer mentoring involves one-to-one support to ex-offenders as they return to the community, helping them access needed resources, services and other supports. It includes motivating individuals to engage in community-based services, making follow-up phone calls, and providing ongoing encouragement and positive reinforcement.

Who is a Mentor?

A mentor is a volunteer who acts as a role model, a coach and a “bridge” to appropriate resources. Mentors are non-judgmental. They are there to listen and assist the client in attaining his/her individual goals. Matches are made based on commonalities and preferences of both the client and mentor.

Mentors come from all different backgrounds including some who have previously been incarcerated and others who have not. Mentors are closely supervised by Spectrum’s mentoring coordinators.

 Our Process

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must have access to personal transportation
  • Must commit at least 6 months towards the program
  • If in recovery, must have at least 2 years of sobriety
  • If an ex-offender, must be off parole/probation for at least 2 years
  • Mentors must complete Spectrum’s comprehensive orientation training
  • Strong community ties are a plus!

 

What are the Benefits of Being a Mentor?

  • Make a difference in another person’s life
  • Assist in building a safer community
  • Earn personal satisfaction from guiding, supporting and teaching others
  • By teaching others you will learn more yourself
  • Return the favor! Mentoring others is about giving something back

 

For more information, please call (508) 340-2980