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School Visits

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Helping kids stay in school and improve academics

PWP staff visit the youth’s school on a regular basis to meet with their counselors and teachers. Through these visits the youth’s academics, attendance and behavior are reviewed and monitored. Issues are addressed as well as praise for good reports.

Goals

  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
  • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
  • Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
  • Improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Improve behavior in the home, school and community

Overcomers Group

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Bringing kids together with similar backgrounds to experience a positive and encouraging environment

Everyone in our mentoring program is encouraged to attend this monthly support group, which focuses on biblical principles for personal growth. In this group, youth receive a healthy lunch (prepared by Lunches of Love), a message of hope and encouragement, and an opportunity to talk among peers about the issues they experience.

Goals

  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
  • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
  • Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
  • Improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Improve behavior in the home, school and community

Mentoring

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Developing strong mentoring relationships that encourage positive growth within children

PWP is committed to building quality, life-long mentoring relationships that change the lives of children forever. The Mentoring for Life Change (MLC) program provides one-on-one and group mentoring for youth, ages 5-25, which are affected by a parent’s incarceration. MLC participants are involved in the program during their parent’s incarceration, as well as after their parent’s release. The mentor serves as an example and a role model of how healthy adult life-styles, positive family relationships and spiritual vitality make a difference in the life of a young person.

Every mentor match is same gender and formed naturally through prior interaction with interested youth in an activity or group setting. PWP trains mentors to meet and relate to the unique needs of prisoners’ children and provides ongoing encouragement and staff support to every mentor. Learn how to get involved

A trusting relationship with a caring adult provides stability–often with a profound, life changing effect on the child.

Goals

  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
  • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior

Support Services

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Connecting released parents to housing, employment and finding resources to meet basic needs of families

Through its relationships with incarcerated moms and dads, PWP establishes solid connections with entire families, offering continued support and guidance. Home visits take place on a regular basis and consist of conflict resolution, goal setting, accountability and Biblical counsel.

Once a parent is released PWP provides referrals for employment, schooling, housing, furniture, food and clothing to create the opportunity for parents to live productive lives once they are released back into their homes and our communities.

Our Blessing Closet is a place for PWP families impacted by incarceration to pick up basic supplies needed for their households.  All items are free and donated by generous individuals, churches or companies.

Families are isolated and left to fend for themselves in the areas of finances, housing, and parenting.  There are many issues they face on a daily basis.

Goals

  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
  • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
  • Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
  • Improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Improve behavior in the home, school and community

Brother’s Keeper and Sister’s Keeper

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

 Individualized guidance that helps parents maintain a healthy lifestyle…

Inmate fathers and mothers who complete these classes and desire additional individualized parenting support are then linked to a “Brothers’ Keeper” or “Sisters’ Keeper.” A personalized volunteer support system, Brothers’ Keeper or Sisters’ Keeper ensures that the parent will be connected with a positive influence, someone who will be a source of emotional support, spiritual guidance, hope, and encouragement. Brothers’ Keepers or Sisters’ Keeper serve as parenting coaches in assisting inmates as they parent their children from inside the prison and even after release, helps to maintain and strengthen inmate parents’ personal commitment to be positive influences in the lives of their children. Learn how to get involved.

Goals

  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
    • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
  • Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
  • Improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Improve behavior in the home, school and community

Parenting Classes

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Teaching moms and dads life skills to become better parents

Parenting With Purpose provides imprisoned fathers and mothers with parenting classes that focus on parenting education and support. Classes are designed to meet the unique needs of inmates who desire to learn how to become better parents, restore and strengthen their family relationships, and build a strong foundation in their homes.

Yearly PWP teaches nearly 300 parenting classes to incarcerated moms and dads at:

  • Minnesota Correctional Facility/Faribault
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility/Rush City
  • Minnesota Correctional Facility/Lino Lake
  • Hennepin County Detention Center for Women

GOALS

  • Break the cycle of crime within families
  • Re-establish, strengthen and maintain the emotional connection between parent and child
  • Increase positive parental involvement in their children’s education, behavior and well-being at home, in school and in the community
  • Reduce the rate of recidivism
  • Decrease the chances of self-destructive behavior
  • Improve relationships between youth, parent and caregiver
  • Improve school attendance and academic achievement
  • Improve behavior in the home, school and community

“I have learned how to be a better parent and offer a good safe home for my family.”

Creative Media

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Creative Media

A Volunteer Opportunity

Parenting With Purpose has need for creatively gifted volunteers to help with marketing, web design, advertising, events, fundraising and social media. If you are gifted in any of the following areas, then PWP can put your talents to good use…

• Acting
• Writing & Editing
• Dancing
• Graphic Design
• Marketing
• Photography
• Playing an Instrument
• Scrapbooking
• Singing
• Video Production / Video Editing

Whether it’s using your talents to communicate a message through dance, song or acting at events, designing special projects, creating video or printed materials for awareness, your gifts and talents can make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Even if you only have a few hours a month, there is always a creative project underway.

Help With Special Events

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Parenting With Purpose is supported by the generosity of its donors and dedicated volunteers. As such, we host the following special events throughout the year to raise awareness, recruit volunteers and raise financial support.

Family Fun Day

A day set aside for our families to enjoy a special day of fun, food and fellowship. Not only is this a day where we bless our families, but it is also an opportunity to facilitate mentor matches. Donors and supporters are invited to join us to see firsthand the joys and blessings of the PWP organization.

MN Mentoring Ride

Our signature summer event where motorcyclists ride together to break the cycle of crime. By raising awareness and support, we hope to minimize the likelihood of children following their parents’ footsteps by entering a life of crime. Rides, families and the public are invited to take part in this exciting event.

PWP Experience

Our annual event designed to increase awareness and recruit mentors and volunteers. This is the highlight of our year, the evening allows people to gather to hear our hearts, and messages directly from the children and families we serve. Our multi-media approach to the evening energizes and stimulates guests, providing them with a memorable experience that touches their hearts.

Opportunities

We have a continual need for passionate volunteers to help with all aspects of our events and fundraising. If you are interested in any the following areas please contact us.

  • Event planning
  • Social media
  • Creating PowerPoint presentations
  • Video taping and editing
  • Hospitality (inviting PWP to share with your friends, family or co-workers in a small group setting)
  • Connecting PWP to your church or business
  • Grant research and writing
  • Talking on the phone
  • Acting, singing, dancing or playing an instrument

Whether its using your talents to plan or prepare fundraising events, create a social media campaign, craft testimonials, or network with potential donors, your gifts and talents make a difference in the lives of children and their families. Even if you only have a few hours a month, there is always an event or fundraising project under way.

Teaching Opportunities

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Teachers are welcome in the following areas

A Volunteer Opportunity

Overcomers Class

Everyone in our Mentoring for Life Change Program is encouraged to attend this monthly support group, which focuses on biblical principles for personal growth. In this group youth receive a healthy lunch, a message of hope and encouragement and an opportunity to talk among peers about the issues they experience.  The classes are divided by age:

  • Kindergarten through second grade
  • Third grade through fifth
  • Sixth grade through graduation and up
  • This class meets primarily on the 4th Saturday of every month from 10am to 12pm.

Parenting Class

Parenting With Purpose provides imprisoned mothers and fathers with parenting classes, which focus on parenting education and support. Classes are designed to meet the unique needs of inmate parents who desire to learn how to be better parents, restore and strengthen their family relationships, and build a strong foundation in their homes.

Parenting With Purpose provides class curricula and continuous support for all teachers.  Each teacher is required:

  • Sign a character covenant agreement
  • Pass state and federal background checks
  • Attend our training sessions
  • Make a one-year commitment to their class
  • Have the ability to accept and relate to others who may not share their lifestyle, social/economic, or cultural background

Provide Transportation

Through mentoring, education and support, Parenting With Purpose will bring healing, restoration and liberty to families affected by incarceration.

Provide Transportation for Children of Prisoners

A Volunteer Opportunity

Why Drive?

Drivers are needed to provide transportation to and from our Overcomers support group. The group gathers mainly at St James Lutheran Church in Crystal however, throughout the year there are various activities that occur at other locations. Without this transportation, most youth would have no way to attend; missing out on the help and support they desperately need. Drivers are a tremendous blessing for the families served by Parenting With Purpose. Their presence makes a huge difference in the lives of each child.

Provide transportation for youth to attend the Overcomers support group, which takes place primarily on the 4th Saturday of the month from 10am to 12pm.

Requirements…

  • Have reliable transportation
  • Drivers are required to pass state and federal background checks
  • Attend training sessions
  • Make a one-year commitment