THE FORUM | SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: PARTAKERS COLLEGE BEHIND BARS MENTORING PROGRAM
Recorded on Sunday, January 28, 2024
Presented by the Outreach Committee
Guest Speakers: Melanie MacFarlane and Kentel Weaver
Watch our recent Forum session to learn about Partakers College Behind Bars mentoring program! Partakers is a local grassroots organization that pairs mentors with incarcerated men and women earning college degrees through Tufts, Emerson, BC and BU. Why? Because education is the single strongest factor in reducing recidivism, the rate at which people return to prison. Nationally, 50% return within a year, but for those who earn a college degree, it drops to 5%. CONTACT Rev. Nate Klug if you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor.
What does being a mentor mean?
- Mentors form teams of 2-4 people per student.
- Mentors write and visit in pairs once a month in a secure, open visiting room.
- Mentors also check in via email, letters, or phone calls.
- No academic tutoring required! Mentors provide encouragement, support, and occasional research.