Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Our speaker is Renee Turner-Pack, Indiana State Representative HD 92, who will share her experiences of overcoming obstacles to become a Indiana State Representative. Our second speakers will speak on Leading, Mentoring and Allyship- Why the role we play helps improve the lives of others. LaToya Gilbert-Stewart, Program Director for the Digital Service Transformation and Shaquana Smiley, Business Change Manager for FHPS IT Engineering BST, at Federal Government Services (FGS) from Anthem, Inc. will speak on the value of mentorship in professional and personal capacity. They will explore the role of allyship as it applies to our current cultural dynamics.
Pre-registration is required for this free event. Registration ends at 11 am, May 12th.
More on our speakers:
Renee Pack is Indiana State Representative for District 92. She is a veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1986 through 1991. Pack is the ranking Democratic member of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. She also serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee and the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. One of Renee's top priorities in the legislature is to continue building bridges and strengthening relationships in her community. She believes we must build community upon a foundation of respect, civility, and justice for all.
Leading, Mentoring and Allyship- Why the role we play helps improve the lives of others. LaToya Gilbert-Stewart, Program Director for the Digital Service Transformation and Shaquana Smiley, Business Change Manager for FHPS IT Engineering BST, at Federal Government Services (FGS) from Anthem, Inc. will speak on the value of mentorship in professional and personal capacity. They will explore the role of allyship as it applies to our current cultural dynamics.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
April 14: Second Chance Hiring, with Jeffrey Korzenik, author of “UNTAPPED TALENT: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community” followed by The Value of Peer Mentorship with Jeri Warner, Executive Director of Trusted Mentors, and Paul Sammons of RecycleForce discussing how Trusted Mentors is helping scale up the peer mentoring program at RecycleForce.
More about our Guest speakers:
Jeffrey Korzenik is the Chief Investment Strategist for Fifth Third Bank. Jeff is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business News, and his writings on economics and public policy have appeared in numerous national and regional publications. He was recently elected a Member of the Council on Criminal Justice for his work on the intersection of the justice system and the labor markets. Jeff’s forthcoming book, “UNTAPPED TALENT: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community,” shares the business case and best practices for hiring people with criminal records and will be published by HarperCollins Leadership in April 2021. Jeff is a graduate of Princeton University and is a passionate supporter of cultural organizations, serving as a trustee of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Jeri Warner is Executive Director/Founder of Trusted Mentors, a non-profit that connects trained, volunteer mentors with at risk adults to help more people stay housed and out of prison.
Paul Sammons is Director of Production at RecycleForce, a social enterprise in Indianapolis that that is committed to reducing crime through employment and job training, while improving the environment through electronics recycling.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Saturday, December 12, 2020
The term "equity" addresses not just a leveled playing field; that is "equality", but rather an acknowledgement that a person, or group of persons have had systemic barriers placed in their path that cannot be remedied simply by removing the barriers. If someone has a shackle on her or his ankle, then simply moving them to the same "starting line" where everyone else begins the race isn't equity. It may be "equality" in the generic sense of the term, but not equity. Moving them to the same starting line as everyone else AND taking off the shackle is how we achieve equity for those who have been heretofore disenfranchised.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Corrections Corner / Ed Witulski
Trusted Mentors aims to help offenders re-enter society
Re-entering society from prison often presents a series of obstacles that are difficult to overcome, so people give up.
Since its founding 16 years ago, Trusted Mentors has responded to a vital need in Indianapolis to help people in poverty and at high risk of homelessness achieve stable housing and progress to self-sufficiency.
We provide trained, volunteer mentors to adults at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders re-entering society, and young adults aging out of foster care.
We train, assign and support volunteer mentors to enable at-risk adults to stabilize their lives and succeed in reaching new goals. We partner with multiple agencies in Indianapolis that serve those at risk of homelessness and provide mentoring for the adults they refer to us.
Trusted Mentors is the only agency in Indiana to offer mentoring to at-risk adults. On average, over the past five years, when the relationship lasted 90 days, 95% of our mentees achieved stable housing, and 90% of ex-offenders did not re-offend.
Trusted Mentors has continued to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mentors have helped their mentees file taxes, learn how to receive and spend their stimulus checks, plus provide important human relationships.
One mentor, Charles, says he has had more contact with his mentee than ever before. “Arlonzo is opening up more. He’s a cool dude in search of putting his life back together and is doing great at Ivy Tech.” Arlonzo is a young adult involved in the criminal justice system and is working to move forward with his life.
Brent and his mentor Bob were matched in mid-2018 as Brent re-entered society after decades in prison. He wanted a mentor because he had been out of society for a long time, and knew it would be hard going back. Bob shares that Brent has, “never missed a day’s work while having to get up at 4:30 a.m. to catch the bus and walk several blocks from the bus line to be on time at 8 a.m.”
Brent set a budget, including saving 10% from every paycheck for unexpected needs such as helping his mother pay for an emergency medical service. Brent has improved employment with the goal of moving into better housing and establishing stronger family ties.
Bob says, “This kind of ‘goal setting’ strategy is why I am proud of Brent. He is a humble man willing to do what it takes to establish the life he wants for himself and his family. He is succeeding because he isn’t letting his history define his future.”
Bob adds, “Whenever I ask him what during his time in prison gave him the positive attitude he has toward the future, his response is always, ‘during my first 10 years I spent 24/7 trying to figure out how I could do what I did without getting caught. Then one day I thought, what a waste of time! What I should be doing is something that would keep me from coming back once I get out.’ ”
(Ed Witulski of Trusted Mentors is a member of the archdiocese’s Corrections Ministry Advisory Committee. A member of St. Monica Parish in Indianapolis, he invites you to meet with him to discuss mentoring by calling 317-590-6970, or e-mailing email@example.com.)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020