Life Skills

The methodology behind these courses is to assist participants with obtaining the tools needed to take charge of their lives and to begin leading a more productive and effective life, thus improving public safety.

Community & Personal Responsibility (CPR) Pre /Post Release:
• CPR is designed as a first step toward helping prepare incarcerated or formally incarcerated individuals with a smooth transition back to the community and workplace.
• The core soft skills curriculum will enable participants to demonstrate understanding of responsible decision making, how crime affects communities, ways to become a positive member of the community, and what it will take to be a good citizen.

Men 2 Men Pre /Post Release:
• R.I.S.E has created a men’s focus group that address, emotional intelligence and self-awareness, responsibility for our feelings, and we own the impacts – both positive and negative – of our choices and actions, that role models change lives
• We ask men to go right up to the edge – and beyond it – in a culture that seems to be comfortable with mediocrity and passivity from men. We ask men to stop living a vicarious adventure through their TV’s and step into a real time adventure to win back their passion for life. We ask men to confront the real problems in their lives and to get 100% honest about who they are.

Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual DisAbilities, (DBHID):
• DBHID recognizes that many offenders have mental health and drug & alcohol challenges, therefore, using peer counseling, focusing, creative activities, journaling, music, diet, exercise, light, relaxation, and getting a good night’s sleep. Using the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, (WRAP)

Probation/Parole Workshop:
• Probation and Parole’s role is to promote public safety by helping offenders establish productive, successful lives through the community based supervision process. In collaboration with R.I.S.E Probation/Parole has created a workshop where offenders are educated how to successfully navigate supervision.

Expungment Workshop:
• R.I.S.E. offers its participant the opportunity to have the removal and isolation of all non convictions and not guilty dispositions records on file within any court in Philadelphia.

Anger Management (Fatherhood Initiative)
• R.I.S.E in collaboration with Mayor’s Office on Community Service provides a realistic approach to addressing anger issues and conflict resolution.

Community Service:
• The transition from prison to the community is not a new phenomenon. The majority of offenders released to society, face the challenges of adjusting to the freedom, temptations, responsibilities, and struggles of the street. R.I.S.E. recognizes that to be a productive member of the community there must be a maximum paradigm shift , therefore in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Urban Creators, offenders are afforded the opportunity to perform community service. These obligations provide those who are involved in crime with a stake in conformity that reduces offending.

Civic Responsibility:
• As a Reentry leader, R.I.S.E recognizes it is important that involvement, particularly in political processes, can directly benefit returning citizens by allowing their views to be heard and possibly lead to more favorable laws or more support from the government. Every Thursday during life skills, offenders participate by observing and meeting with City Council members to ask question and voice their concerns.
• Voter registration/education. Participants are encouraged to register to vote and educated on the importance of voting.

Health Awareness:
• R.I.S.E. in conjunction with Circle of Care provides participants with a basic knowledge of practicing and living a healthy life style.

Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) Pre /Post Release:
• There has been an increase of women seeking services at R.I.S.E. therefore, to address their unique needs, R.I.S.E. as partnered with WOAR to create a four (4) week course on motherhood after incarceration.

Minds of Men
• Provides proven techniques that assist with shaping behaviors of spiritually bankrupt individuals

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