Opening Doors Enriching Lives
This is an excellent resource for children who have a parent in prison.
Mentors Opening Doors Enriching Lives (MODEL) is a free service for Youth whose parents are incarcerated. MODEL provides quality adult mentors to children and youth from four to 15 years old who have an incarcerated parent. Each youth is matched with a fantastic mentor. This style of mentoring is a great way to help children perform better in school, have stronger family relationships, and be more equipped to avoid negative activities or peer relationships.
Currently, MODEL mentoring services are targeted to children in seven regions
of Florida including
Gainesville (Lake & Marion Counties),
West Palm Beach and many of the surrounding communities.
If you have a child you'd like to see in this program or if you believe you'd enjoy being a mentor to the children, contact Tina McGowin, Who wrote the following letter:
I came across your web page, and wanted to share some information about the MODEL-mentoring program with you.
MODEL-mentoring program is designed to provide mentoring services to youth
ages 4 - 15 who have a parent incarcerated.
The goals of the program are to improve school performance, strengthen
family ties, develop lasting mentoring relationships, and increase
developmental assets of the youth. The youth will receive mentoring
services for at least an hour a week for one year. Prior to the youth match
the mentor will have completed a background screening, a motor vehicle
driving screening, personal reference checks, completion of training hours,
and an interview process.
plan for the mentor to carry out will be developed in collaboration with the
caretaker, the incarcerated parent, the volunteer coordinator, and the
youth. Emphasis will be placed on school attendance/grades/behavior,
developmental assets, family functioning, and life skills.
The program is community based, therefore the youth will
participate in an array of activities, ranging from movie outings, beach or
park outings, dinners, visiting public libraries, assistance with homework,
setting goals, learning life skills, and most of all having FUN!
I'm excited about providing this wonderful opportunity to the
families who view your web page. If you have any questions feel free to
MODEL Mentoring Program
727-552-1482 ext. 229
"Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young
people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support, and
encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee."
HOW TO SURVIVE THE
INCARCERATION OF A LOVED ONE
This book is marketed thru a religious website,
but there is no emphasis on
religion except in the last chapter where the author talks about working for a
"Raging on mindlessly,
the war on drugs has caused untold collateral damage --
leaving children fatherless, helping to exacerbate the spread of AIDS and
filling prisons with people who, with minimal rehabilitation, might be
contributing to society rather than draining its resources.”
Cynthia Tucker, editorial
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA)
Dec 3, 2006
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