Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things
|Women Incarcerated Still Enduring|
What is Project IMPACT?
Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things (IMPACT) is a program started in 1995 in the Garden Chapel of San Quentin State Prison (SQSP). The IMPACT program was conceived and written by incarcerated men as a self-help program for other incarcerated men.
The IMPACT program was conceived and constructed by Chaplain Earl Smith, formerly employed at SQSP, and a small cadre of personally selected inmates. Convicted male felons helped to construct a written curriculum that was aimed at addressing aggressive behavior among men and boys. The community component has been in operation since September 2001. The Division of Juvenile Justice program has been in operation since February 2006.
From our founding in 1995; to the development of Community component in 2001; to the expansion of the Division of Juvenile Justice Program for males in 2006, we have continued to work toward a practical solution to break the cycle of incarceration for the at-risk population.
In 2011, the fourth phase of IMPACT was realized when Women Incarcerated Still Enduring (WISE) was instituted at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. WISE is a female accountability program that shares life-tools with the young women that effect change in heart, mind and spirit. Wise is structured to the diverse needs of female offenders. As with the male model, IMPACT has hired former female offenders as course facilitators/mentors.
IMPACT is able to provide a continuum of care through an in-facility program and transitional services with trained facilitators and a curriculum that adheres to the principles of effective intervention and is strength-based, trauma informed, family focused and culturally competent.
The IMPACT Model
Tailored to be delivered by facilitators who are trained in Cognitive-Behavioral theory and the IMPACT Model.
Sessions are designed to assist youth in enabling themselves to redefine who they are, and to assess what the meaning and direction is for their future life.
Youth are encouraged to think about what they should and could be like, rather than what they have experienced and why they are incarcerated.
The program is about teaching responsibility regarding male/female accountability and commitments in the real world, to themselves, their family and their community.
Modules provide lessons that address violence, substance abuse, relationships, criminogenic attitudes, financial literacy, identity theft and many other topics.
meetings of 30 youth and small group sessions of no more than 8
IMPACT Community Programs
Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA
About the ONS
The Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) was formed in October 2007 to build partnerships and support initiatives that create greater neighborhood and community well-being. In 2009 IMPACT entered into a working relationship with ONS and the City of Richmond to assist in reaching the hard to reach population ages 16-24.
ONS works to develop facilitate and sustain human/social benefit resources and service delivery on behalf of the City’s most disconnected and vulnerable populations with an emphasis on youth violence prevention and intervention
Life Skills for Peace Sessions
The ONS Life Skills for Peace (LS4P) program serves youth between the ages of 16-24 most at-risk for being involved with or directly impacted by gun violence in the City of Richmond. LS4P also works with students facing suspensions for violence, youth on probation for violence and youth detained, but not arrested by local law enforcement.
The curriculum is designed to help program participants to discover & expand their critical thinking skills, uncover his/her own dreams and aspirations, and recover & identify those ideas, issues, conflicts, obstacles, and challenges which may hinder them in achieving their dreams. Four foci are utilized to create an environment for transformative learning, which include ‘Why we act the way we act”, “who are we really, the developmental process of life” (manhood/womanhood, responsibility and perseverance), and history, social, cultural insights and perspectives that inspire personal achievement, character strengthening and community building.
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