On October 4th from 10:00am to 11:30am, the Yavapai Reentry Project will be hosting an informational meeting for all community members on the project and its success to date at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St, Founders Suite, Prescott AZ. Current participants in the Community Coach Mentorship program will share stories about their experiences with the program, how their Coach has helped them, and how they plan on continuing to be successful after their incarceration. A roundtable discussion will happen with prepared questions, as well as an open invitation for attendees to ask their own questions to program participants. We invite all community members, social service organizations, and non-profit agencies to attend this informational and uplifting meeting to learn about the Yavapai Reentry Project and its programs for individuals reentering from prison into our community. For questions, contact Becca, the AmeriCorps VISTA and Prisoner Reentry Coordinator at (928) 708-0100.
The Yavapai Reentry Project is a regional support system which promotes successful reintegration of former inmates in a way that improves community safety by reducing criminal behavior. Since its implementation in August of 2011, the Yavapai Reentry Project has contacted over 250 incarcerated individuals to let them know about the program, met with representatives from each other prison facilities, and recruited over 30 community volunteers who aid in coaching and committee projects. The project begin providing direct services to people exiting prison in January 2012, and have helped 20 people and their families get connected with resources such as job search, educational opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring with trained Community Coaches.
The Yavapai Reentry Project is a grassroots program of Community Counts that began as an idea in 2010 at a MATFORCE Community Roundtable discussion. Thanks to wonderful collaborations with Yavapai County Adult Probation Department, AWEE, Office of the Public Defender, ADC- Community Corrections/Prescott, and many other non-profits in the county, the Yavapai Reentry Project has developed into the program that it is today.