Transitions Mentoring Program

The Transitions Mentoring Program provides a variety of services to youthful offenders who are serving their sentence at the Manson Youth Institute located in Cheshire CT. This unique program offers mentoring, life skills training and tutoring to support incarcerated youth ages 14-22 as they prepare for reentry back to their families and communities. Adult volunteer mentors are screened, trained, and commit to providing an hour of weekly connection over a period of eight (8) to twelve (12) months, where they support identified youth and work toward identifying realistic goals, offering encouragement and accountability. Volunteer tutors are also utilized to assist Transitions clients with GED preparation and/or post high school learning. All volunteers are approved by Family ReEntry staff and the Department of Correction prior to being selected as a mentor or tutor for this program.
A combination of mentoring, tutoring and skills training is provided to incarcerated young men with a focus on:
  • life skills and recovery training
  • counseling/support groups
  • one-to-one mentoring support
  • tutoring help for GED and/or post high school education
  • reentry planning with families and community stakeholders
Family ReEntry staff provide psycho-educational and the life skills training, as well as work toward enhancing individualized reentry plans. Staff also coordinate and provide oversight to the volunteer mentoring services including recruitment, training, and match support. Mentoring takes places weekly utilizing volunteers who commit to working with an identified client pre-release for eight (8) to twelve (12) months. A partnership with Yale undergraduate students provides tutoring support to Transitions clients.
As a result of this program, young-adult offenders are better prepared to succeed in obtaining employment, pursuing education, and in reconnecting with family members, teachers, employers, and others from the community.

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For more information, please contact:
John Mele
Mentoring Coordinator, Men’s Transitions, Prisoner ReEntry Programs