Journal Entry 

 Saturday, December 2, 2023: Mentorship Matters 

Michael Santos

Michael Santos

Mentorship Matters: Guiding Lights on the Road to Reentry

The journey of reentry after incarceration is a path filled with challenges, but also with opportunities for growth and transformation. At Prison Professors Talent, we understand the pivotal role mentorship plays in this journey. Our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison,” is designed to offer guidance and support, helping individuals like Ryan navigate their way back into society with confidence and purpose.

Ryan’s Journey: From IT Professional to Justice-Impacted Individual

Ryan’s story is a compelling example of the unexpected twists life can take. Legal complications interrupted his career as a skilled IT professional. Despite his indirect involvement, Ryan faced the consequences and found himself serving time at the federal prisons in Oxford, Wisconsin and Thomson, Illinois.

Embracing Opportunities for Growth

While incarcerated, Ryan didn’t let his circumstances define him. Instead, he chose to engage with our course, “Preparing for Success after Prison.” This decision marked a turning point in his journey. Prior to the course, he lived with bitterness because he didn’t think it was fair that authorities had prosecuted him and put him in prison.

In the course, we offer lessons with hopes of helping people learn that regardless of what decisions others make, we can always work toward sowing seeds for a better future. The course provided Ryan with tools and strategies to plan for a successful reentry, focusing on personal development, goal setting, and practical skills for navigating life after prison.

Maximizing Reentry Resources

Ryan’s proactive approach and dedication to his personal growth caught the attention of his case manager, who recommended him for maximum placement in the Residential Reentry Center (RRC). Upon his arrival at the RRC, Ryan presented his well-crafted release plan, a testament to his commitment to a successful reintegration. His efforts were recognized, and he was offered an opportunity to transition to home confinement – a significant step towards regaining his freedom.

Leveraging Talent for a Greater Cause

The challenge of finding employment is a common hurdle for many returning citizens. For Ryan, this was an opportunity to reconnect with his professional skills and passion. We at Prison Professors Talent recognized the value of Ryan’s IT expertise and welcomed him to contribute to our nonprofit. His involvement has been instrumental in enhancing our capabilities, allowing us to make a more significant impact on improving outcomes for justice-impacted individuals.

Your Invitation to Join and Share

Ryan’s story is a beacon of hope and a clear example of how mentorship and preparation can pave the way for a successful reentry. We invite you to be part of this journey of transformation. If you are preparing for your reentry, or know someone who is, join our course “Preparing for Success after Prison.” Share your progress, challenges, and victories with us at [email protected] Remember, if you include “Request a Book” in the subject line, we will donate a book from our resources to aid in your journey, provided our nonprofit has the resources available.

Mentorship: A Key to Unlocking Potential

Mentorship is more than guidance; it’s a relationship that empowers individuals to realize their potential and navigate the complexities of reentry with confidence. Through our course and ongoing support, we aim to be the guiding lights for many on their road to reentry, just as we have been for Ryan.

Together, we can turn the challenges of reentry into opportunities for growth, success, and meaningful contributions to society.

Respectfully,

Michael Santos

Founder, Prison Professors Talent