The Partakers Empowerment Program

The Partakers Empowerment Program

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The Partakers Empowerment Program is a re-entry initiative that aspires to help formerly incarcerated women and men successfully re-enter society. Please click the logo and right arrow that appears to watch our video.

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Partakers is a non-profit organization that supports Massachusetts prison education by coordinating teams of volunteers who mentor incarcerated women and men as they pursue higher education through the Boston University Prison Education Program, the Boston College Prison Initiative, the Tufts Prison Initiative, and the Emerson Prison Initiative. https://partakers.org/

Through its College Behind Bars mentoring program, incarcerated people enhance skills critical to completing a college degree, and build trusting personal relationships. Both activities significantly increase their chances for success when they return to the community. The Partakers Empowerment Program contributes to this mission.

Re-Entry: The Partakers Empowerment Program

Re-entry programs, such as the Partakers Empowerment Program, have been shown to be an essential component to reducing recidivism, increasing employment opportunities, and stabilizing many other external factors that are challenging for formerly incarcerated women and men re-entering communities. Education is key to helping individuals  who have been impacted by the justice system obtain the skills needed to thrive. One of many studies have found that people who have participated in correction education programs had a 43% lower rate of recidivism than those who did not participate in such programs (Davis, L.M. et. al 2014). In addition, re-entry and education programs also contribute to preventing homelessness and reduce other barriers to successful re-entry. The Partakers Empowerment Program intends to help these individuals in each of these areas of re-entry and open further opportunities to help them reach a higher potential. 

What is The Partakers Empowerment Program?

The Partakers Empowerment Program is a re-entry initiative that aspires to help formerly incarcerated women and men successfully re-enter society by providing access to resources critical to their success. Referrals and workshops in Computer Technical Training, Professionalism/Employment, Wellness, and Financial Literacy help remove barriers and present the opportunity for people in the program to successfully reintegrate back into society. We intend to do this through:

  • A 12-week program with 90 minute workshops
  • A total of 6 workshop topics: 2 weeks on each topic + office hours and tech support throughout 
  • Materials: Students will be provided with:
  • Laptops equipped with Microsoft Suite and antivirus software.
  • A three-ring binder, dividers, notebook paper, and orientation materials
  • Students will also be provided with any additional materials prior to the start of each workshop and a checklist to ensure objectives are met.

Modules:

  • First Meeting-Orientation:
  • Introduction to Partakers Empowerment Program
  • Program Expectations 
  • Zoom Etiquette: muting, raising hand, widening screen
  • Workshop topic menu and feedback 
  • Access to tech/program support 
  • Workshop 1-Technology: Introduction to the Partakers Empowerment Program laptops, the benefits of technology in the workplace and at home, and an overview as to how we will provide tech support throughout the program 
  • Workshop 2-Civic Re-engagement: Navigating the process to apply for healthcare, driver's license, bus pass, social security card, birth certificate, voter's registration, and income tax filing, (possible) expungement document compiling/eligibility
  • Workshop 3-Health and Wellness: Health risk assessments, screening, nutrition, vaccinations, health care navigator, developing a healthy social network
  • Workshop 4-Professionalism:  Resume writing, employment connections, image perception, interviewing, workplace etiquette, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, CORI 
  • Workshop 5-Financial Literacy: Obtaining the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and understanding credit  
  • Workshop 6-Education: Literacy writing offered by Brandeis University to further continuing education

How you can help: 

Our goal for the year: $35,000 for 30 students 

We are raising funds for the second cycle starting in June. All donations support individuals returning from incarceration to further their education and better prepare them for a successful life. The funds will be used to support the following:

  • Laptops 
  • Microsoft suite 
  • Anti-virus software 
  • Tech support (including cloud backup)
  • Insurance for computers 
  • Three ring binders 
  • Dividers 
  • Notebook paper 
  • Orientation materials
  • Printing
  • Postage and mailing materials 
  • Any additional materials students will need prior to the start of each workshop

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