By engaging the people in being the source of their own redemption, enlisting people in their own communities, you are healing our culture and our communities at the same time.
What Jon Ponder represents is not only a program that reduces recidivism, a program with excellent results, but he also represents the regeneration of the involvement of the community in a way that can be effective over the long term.
Identify a solution and get others in the community involved and then have the resounding success that they have had, that should be encouraged and facilitated but not controlled by the federal government.
If we can break the cycle of recidivism and poverty, then these people can rebuild their own lives, redeem themselves. Then they are better off, society is better off—and oh, by the way, the taxpayer is better off at the end of the day.
We’ve all made mistakes in our lives. Hope for Prisoners enables graduates to be an active participant in their second chance and their future.
The State of Nevada is pleased to partner with HOPE for Prisoners along with Corrections, Safety, and Department of Training Agencies to ensure the best possible opportunities are available to ex-offenders returning to our community. HOPE for Prisoners is a good partner for Nevada and the State looks forwards to continuing our partnership as we work together to benefit the citizens of our great State.
I believe in second chances. HOPE for Prisoners gives its graduates the tools they need to make the most of their second chance. Their program not only improves the lives of the participants, but also has a far-reaching impact on our community as a whole.
In life there are so many people that encourage and wish us the best, for which we are forever grateful. However, the power and influence of a mentor is priceless. If you don't have a mentor, seek one out. They'll be most appreciative and honored to help you along life's journey. If you have a mentor, embrace them and never take them for granted. They are 'family' forever.
The most important part of programs geared toward helping people change the course of their lives is mentoring. People cannot be expected to be successful doing things they've never done before without someone to walk through those times with them. Jon Ponder and the team at HOPE for Prisoners are helping people achieve sustainable life change by providing skilled, trained, and compassionate mentors to accompany them on the journey.
All of us have lots of people speaking at us during our lives. Mentors bring an experiential perspective to the changes we want to make in our life journeys. It’s fine to have someone speak to us about new ideas, principles, and techniques, but having a mentor who has actually lived these things is invaluable. Their personal touch in our lives not only gives us another’s perspective, but allows a sounding board for how to implement our intended goals. Additionally, the mere fact that someone considers us valuable enough to pour their lives into ours assures us that our lives are worth living and improving.
Mentorship takes on various forms, but the most meaningful experiences for me have been with individuals who supportively pushed me in ways that made me uncomfortable. Growth is, indeed, not comfortable. In fact, it can often be painful. This is why mentorship is about so much more than simply guidance or advice -- it is a supportive, authentic relationship.
I have failed more times than I have succeeded, but with the help of mentors I continue to learn from these failures. Through maturity and humility, I have learned to be a better student of life.
Mentorship provides opportunities for individuals who have the hope, desire, drive, ambition and potential to achieve specific goals to be paired with guides who have the know-how, experience, wisdom and resources to facilitate them toward the achievement of their goals. The mentor is not simply a role model, but rather the embodiment of that which was once only imagined. They provide avenues where the person being mentored can make the intangible, tangible.
Mentors are the heart of the HOPE for Prisoners program — without them, the program would not be successful. That can also be said about life in general because I believe we all need mentors in life. No matter what path one walks, a mentor makes that journey easier and more enlightening. A successful mentor is one who has a sincere desire to serve and change the lives of others. He or she will openly share life experiences, both good and bad, and listen with head and heart while offering compassionate leadership to those in need. A good mentor is especially important to someone who has significantly stumbled in life, like the man, woman, or young adult who is leaving prison and returning to society.
If it were not for my mentor, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Mentors are able to give thoughtful guidance when we need it most. My mentor provided an ongoing relationship of learning, challenge and meaningful dialogue. She taught me to think differently and approach the challenges in life with an open mind. When I stumbled, my mentor was there to help me get back on my feet.
HOPE for Prisoners is highly vested in the evidence-based practice of using well trained, volunteer mentors to provide the necessary emotional and social support for ex-offenders as they transition to community life. All clients are offered an opportunity to participate in our 18-month mentoring program. “Hopefuls” are assigned a team of mentors to help them set and reach goals and navigate the challenges faced during the reintegration process. Mentoring services are provided for a full year through one-on-one sessions, peer-to-peer contact, and ongoing support groups designed to provide support throughout the process of reintegration. After one year of mentoring, “Hopefuls” are invited to participate in a 6-month “mentern”ship program strategically designed to train them to give back and become mentors themselves. All volunteer mentors complete a thorough screening and interview process and receive ongoing training throughout their time with our program.