The Living Forward Alliance is dedicated to women with criminal justice histories who are on community supervision for drug related offenses and living in a residential facility under the supervision of the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department.

It is a service and education program that gives them a singularly effective way to rethink their histories and rewrite their futures. This one-year program makes real freedom achievable, and it triggers a positive and sustainable shift in beliefs and behaviors that makes it possible for them to obtain work, rebuild their families and reclaim their place in the community.


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Mentoring - Becoming a Committed Partner

Thank you for your intention to become a Committed Partner with the Living Forward Alliance. There is an African saying, "It takes a whole village to raise a child." Mentoring is a major contribution not only to the women, but to the family, and the community as well.

Listed below are some questions designed to stimulate some focused thinking on whether or not this is the right time for you to become a Committed Partner. Please give some thought to each question. We appreciate and value your interest in becoming a Committed Partner.

  • Have I considered that being a Committed Partner will require me to learn new things?
  • Am I flexible? Can I tolerate disappointments?
  • Can I be non-judgmental? Or, is there a right and wrong way to do most things?
  • Am I willing to learn from my mentee and her family who may be different from me socially, culturally, economically, and politically?
  • Do I have a sense of humor?
  • Am I willing to see the other person's point of view?
  • Is becoming a Committed Partner something I've given some thought to? If so, what thoughts?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE AS MENTOR?

As a MENTOR, you will not only be a role model, but a life model. Your own life experiences of growing up, living and working with others are the most valuable things you have to contribute to your women mentee. Many of you may say, "I don't have any experiences like those of these women." The truth is, some of you will and some of you won't. It is not the similar experiences that qualify you, but the life experiences most people take for granted. The obstacles you have overcome and the accomplishments you have realized thus far, as well as the failures, are what you have to draw from. Because most do not realize what they have to give, most people have had very few successes at contributing to other people.

WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR THE MENTORS?

As a MENTOR, you will not only contribute, but also joyfully receive. There is a Mentoring/Coaching intensive 2-½ day workshop designed to train selected women applicants who are committed in making a difference with formerly incarcerated women in reentry. CLICK HERE to learn more about the workshop date and times.

If you are still interested in becoming a Mentor please complete the form below, so we may contact you*.

 
 
 
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*Note: We require, for the safety of our mentees, a criminal background check on all our selected mentors.