303 Mentor Programme

The Life101 Mentor Programme will be the key difference in ensuring the motivation and new skills prisoners and individuals on community probations learn during the 101 Programme are successfully implemented after they are released into the community, and ensures their motivation to create a new life for themselves and their families is supported and monitored by Life101 mentors.

The Life101 Mentor Programme will take place over a twelve-month period with an average of one hour per month as a minimum (twelve hours total). The time / frequency will depend on the unique needs and circumstances of each individual.

It is recommended that the one-on-one sessions take place on the below time periods from release date, either face-to-face, on Skype (or similar type computer based programme) or via mobile phone. The mode of communication will depend on candidates’ physical location, transport requirements and time restrictions (ie. full-time employment);

  • One week after release date – one hour
  • Four weeks after release date (three weeks following first session) – one hour
  • Two and a half months after release date (six weeks following second session) – one hour
  • Six months after release date – one hour
  • Twelve months after release date – one hour

There will be an additional seven hours where the mentor and candidate will communicate or get together in a one-on-one capacity outside of the above five structured sessions; this will be at the discretion of the mentor and candidate.

Below is an outline of the areas that mentors will work on with candidates to ensure they’re being fully supported while working to create a better life for themselves as well as their families;

  • SMART goals prepared for the 12 month period and monitored
  • Living arrangement (accommodation, transport, supermarket location etc) is organised and understood by the individual
  • Ensure individuals are organised with the required government agencies
  • CV completed and printed ready to be used
  • Email set up
  • Mobile phone purchased and set up
  • IRD number applied for (if they do not have one already)
  • Bank account set up if not done already
  • Searching for jobs online
  • Applying for jobs
  • Cover letter completed for each job applying for
  • Job interview question (covered in The 101 Programme) sheet completed
  • One-on-one job interview practice
  • Personal / family budget prepared and monitored
  • Savings plan prepared and monitored
  • Weekly Schedule (to-do list) prepared and monitored
  • Fitness plan completed and monitored
  • Apprenticeship or study options available and suitable for the individual

Charity or non-profit identified and contacted (see below under ‘Community Initiative Project’)

All candidates in the Life101 Mentor Programme will be required to volunteer an average of two hours per month for a charity or non-profit organisation and not be paid for it. The community project could be something they’ve started themselves or a charity or project that already exists in the community. This will ensure previous offenders are learning and being rewarded by giving back to their communities.

Individuals taking part in the Life101 Mentor Programme must have completed the 101 Programme, and we would prefer that they have completed the 202 Programme while in prison or on community probations.

Prisoners who are interested in taking part in the twelve month Life101 Mentor Programme will be required to fill in an application form following their 101 Programme. Potential candidates will then be assessed by both prison / probation staff and Life101 to ensure those who’ll benefit the most are being selected for the programme.

If you have any questions regarding the Life101 Mentor Programme or to request a quote please contact Nick Carroll on nick@life101.co.nz or 021 800 985.

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