This section highlights a few of our modules that participants may be enrolled in as a part of their program assessment needs or court ordered.
Staying out of prison is a must. Addressing addiction is absolutely imperative. Family in crisis must be realized and earning a legitimate livelihood is necessary. This program is for the sole purpose of assisting human beings in these various problem areas that many of us face every day.
This will be a four week workshop that will be available to anyone. It is not a religious based workshop, although a religious group may facilitate it. Religious people face the same problems everyone else faces, so there should not be any reservations for anyone attending this program. It is all about taking account for our actions, understanding them and making steps to correct them where they need to be corrected.
Take one step at a time.
Step 1. Change your image and outlook on life
Picture yourself when you are arrested or in the process of committing a crime; how were you dressed and groomed? What crowd did you attract and how were you viewed by law enforcement? Would you go to a job interview in this condition or would you change your image? If you think this is not important then you must change your outlook on life. How important is it for you to achieve success? Consider step one for staying out of prison a prerequisite towards reform.
Step 2. Be Strict in adhering to Parole Conditions or Guidelines of Probation
If you are on parole or probation, fulfill all requirements listed in your conditions and avoid confrontation with your probation officer. Report on time to all appointments and always demonstrate good behavior; your discipline and cooperation will soon pay off when you are eventually discharged, so always remind yourself of the long-term goal.
Step 3. Avoid People and Hot Spots
People influence actions, so old friends with whom you have committed wrongs should and must be avoided. The old friends usually cause you to end up in hot spots, which are backward steps. Most people are not strong enough to say “NO” once they end up in these bad environments, so it is obviously better to avoid the people that invite us to bad situations. In order to be successful in following this step, you must be courageous without fear of what people may say or think about you. How badly do you really want to stay out of prison?
Step 4. Making New Friends and Adopting New Hobbies
It is one thing to make new friends who are criminals or negative people; it is another thing to make friends with positive people who are successful or on the road towards success. This may include adopting new hobbies or recreations, such as: Going from basketball at a local park to skiing at a resort. From playing dominoes at the corner house to fishing on a camping trip. This step will help you fortify a new attitude and keep you safe from reverting back to old behavior patterns.
Step 5. Reflection and Self Scrutiny
If you are spiritually connected with a faith-based group, increase your participation in it. Use it as a constant reminder of where you were at and where you are trying to go. Reflection upon the bad habits that causes a person to fail should act as an impetus to increase good actions. Be an advocate for yourself and demand from yourself to get better. At the end of the day examine what you have done and grade whether or not you could have done better. With reflection in prayer and meditation joined by self-scrutiny change is therefore possible.
Week One Complete
Step 1. Some Know their Limits, Others Don’t
When we begin to use drugs, it is usually “Pot.” It appears cool and popular with the crowd; the friends are doing it so it couldn’t be that bad. This is what we say. Even though we think we can handle it, it begins to take over our lives. We begin to use more and more. Bills don’t get paid and depression sets it. Then the next thing you know, you are using heavier drugs, your mind begins to slip and your body can no longer defend itself. What is your limit? Just know that the harm is greater than the perceived benefit.
Step 2. The First Hit
The first hit of the dope pipe; it is a one-hitter quitter. Quitting should be the first think on your mind before you even start. You took that first hit and wanted more, you were in another world and left the reality of this world behind so you keep on hitting the pipe until there is no more, then you have to buy some more. The first hit, whether it is Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, LSD, Heroin -you name it, it is like taking a dive off a very large cliff or going on a roller coaster ride. It is a big rush at the beginning but a disaster once you hit the ground. So why do you take that hit in the first place?
Step 3. Denial
I can handle it, it’s not that bad, I still get up and go to work every day, it has no effect on me, it’s not even a real drug! This is your claim, you love to pretend that drugs really aren’t a bad thing, but what has it done for you lately? If you are to complete this step, you must get out of that state of denial.
Step 4. Quitting
Easier said than done. The desire to do so is a good start. You must put yourself in the best possible position to do the work of getting clean by surrounding yourself with people who are already clean. You cannot do it alone; being alone is like a wounded gazelle alone without its flock in the presence of wild hyenas. Quitting is the goal and proper preparation is the starting point.
Step 5. Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?
Once you become a regular user the drug you have chosen has become a part of your lifestyle, it is no longer a hit or two. The impact that it has on your brain function is devastating and this is what scientist call, “Chemical Dependency.” It becomes a disease, but the disease can be cured and it ultimately comes down to a choice. Make a “Choice” and regain control of your life.
Week Two Complete
Step 1. Filial Piety
The health of every society is held up by the respect and honor that the children show towards the parents, especially towards the mother. When the esteem for the parents and grandparents becomes wilted in the hearts and minds of the youth, we can only expect to see moral and social decadence throughout the society as a whole. We must readopt filial piety.
Step 2. Understanding the Family Unit
What was once considered a “Broken Home” has now become a social norm. The percentage of fatherless family units has become so high that children today perceive single female parenting as a “healthy family unit.” This will affect the future state of our children and society. We must understand the importance of the family unit and our places in them.
Step 3. Winning Back the Trust
As parents, we have been entrusted by God to fulfill certain responsibilities within the home and in society. As husbands we have been entrusted by our wives to fulfill certain responsibilities within the home and society. As fathers, we have been entrusted by our progeny to fulfill certain responsibilities within the home and in society for the sake of their future. How we do by our children today will determine their condition tomorrow.
Step 4. Solemn Vows of Commitment
Today, words like ethics, morals, values, sacrifice and commitment are foreign or savagely discarded. Marriage is adamantly rejected, parentage rejected. Love for truth and righteousness replaced by rage, barbarism and self-discontentment and hopelessness. We must commit to faith, ethics, moral uprightness, proper values, self-sacrifice and the rebuilding of the crumbling family unit. And with these steps (God Willing) we will discover manhood.
Week Three Complete
Step 1. Effective Job Preparation
- How to locate employment?
- Notify family, friends, neighbors and associates that you are seeking employment – and the kind of work you are seeking.
- Review newspaper daily and make a list of potential employers and contact person.
- Job search on the internet.
- Visit, register and review the unemployment bulletin at the nearest unemployment department.
Step 2. Interview Preparation
- Research the job or company.
- Acquire and bring documents required for hiring, such as: Drivers License, SSI Card, Diplomas, License or Certifications, Resume, etc.
- Dress for the type of work for which you are applying.
- Speak the language of the trade during the interview.
- Be prepared to provide prospective employer with a phone num and address for immediate contact purposes.
Step 3. Doing For Self or Creating Immediate Self-Employment
- Lawn or Landscape Service
- Tree Trimming Service
- Oil & Incense Sales
- Clothing Sales
Week Four Complete and the conclusion of the S.A.F.E. Workshop
It is hoped that all participants have benefited from this program and that you will take it to the next phase in re-shaping your life.
It all begins and ends with you!!!
The purpose of SGR is to help gang members find a new way to live, to challenge the belief system of people who live by a street code that is against the norms of society. SGR aims to offer awareness, liberate and cultivate the minds of those who are gang members, associates, ex-gang members or on the verge of joining a gang. SGR is designed to reshape your destructive and negative thinking that leads to street gang violence.
This program requires that you lay down your guard, put down your weapons and submit to the NINE STEPS that can change your life, if practiced on a daily basis. The objective is for you to internalize the steps by memorizing them until they become second nature. These Steps are a list of principles that have to be understood in depth and discussed on every level conceivable. They were created by former gang members that served many years for violent crimes and who are now giving back to society in a positive way.
Embrace the Nine (9) Steps to Street Gang Recovery – SGR, it may save your life. It will also save your family life and your community, because you must know that when you choose to join a group that is involved in a neighborhood gang or prison gang, your family also joins that gang, your community joins that gang. How so? Gang violence does not discriminate, everyone around you is affected by it.
So make SGR your solution!
- When you enter a group session, you must remove your hats or head gear, (with the exception of religious attire).
- You must have your pants pulled up at all times during group.
- You must not display gang markings on your clothing at any time during group.
- You must turn off cell phones or any other electronic device during group sessions.
- You are expected to be present at and on time to every session.
- No cross talking or interruptions when group members are sharing.
- One at a time to the rest room.
- Like other groups, please state your name before sharing and your addiction.
- When sharing, you will not glamorize, identify or promote your gang, nor will you disrespect others.
- What is said within group sessions must remain there in order to protect the integrity of this program.
Thank you very much for your cooperation and participation in the SGR program.
We are now in recovery, therefore we require tools in order to rediscover ourselves and reach our full potential as human beings.
- Education: Staying in school, earning a G.E.D., learning a trade or going to college. We must never be afraid to ask for help.
- Spirituality: Meditation, Religion or other recovery groups. The key is that we must establish a spiritual foundation for ourselves a moral compass, whether that means attending weekly bible studies, church on Sundays, the mosque on Fridays, yoga or Buddhist meditation. This will help us in developing a new set of principles and belief system.
- Employment: At some point, if we are finished with our education. It may also be possible for some to attend school while employed. Illegal earnings are unacceptable; we must seek legitimate employment. This will provide us a source of income and keep us off of the streets.
- Recreation or Exercise: We must find constructive ways to spend our leisure time participating in some type of recreation or exercise, which is therapeutic and healthy for the body and spirit.
- Hobby: We can adopt a hobby that fills our space and keeps our minds occupied when we are not engaged in other positive activities.
In our recovery, now we can experience life without the use of violence and other extremes. We have tools to keep us focused as we follow the Nine Steps.
- We acknowledge and accept that being a gang member and living the street life has shaped our thinking.
- We recognize that the gang lifestyle is destructive and has no place in our community or society.
- I will resist my desire to be identified as a gang member.
- I will seek knowledge that will enable me to reshape my character.
- I now realize that gang activity has lead to my destructive thinking and behavior.
- I realize that all people, regardless of neighborhood or ethnicity, must be treated with respect.
- I realize that I need help that will motivate me to be a better person.
- I will dedicate my life to be a benefit and service to my family and community.
- I am willing to dedicate my time in helping someone else work these steps.
Step 1: Now look within and ask yourself, “What made me adopt a set of false belief principles? Why did I choose the street life over my family? Why do I think the way I think? Why do I have this demeanor?”
Step 2: What will make me recognize that this gang or street lifestyle has no place in my community or society? Is it seeing a family member shot or killed by a stray bullet fired by your so-called enemies? Is it being sentenced to life in prison for a homicide?
Step 3: I can be identified as a gang member by the way I dress, by the way I talk, my demeanor, my tattoos and my friends.
Step 4: With knowledge I can discover who I am underneath the lifestyle I adopted. I will embrace my new identity because it is truly me. I will be the best that I can be. In doing this self-discovery, I must look deep inside my past in order to rid myself of these personal defects.
Step 5: My destructive behavior is a result of my life style choices. I must look at the motive behind every bad action I have done: why did I really do it? Was it for love of money? Love of perceived power? Love of praise? Or is there a story that can be told that is deeply hidden, like childhood scars or experiences that we refuse to talk about?
Step 6: Why do I hate people that live in a different geographical location? Or why do I choose to hate someone that looks different than me? I know that if I want respect I must first give it.
Step 7: What prevents me from asking for help? I must realize that when I receive help, it will motivate me to be a better person. Therefore, asking for help will save my life.
Step 8: At this point, it is time that I examine my life and see if I am of benefit to my family and community. What can I do differently to ensure that I am living up to my responsibilities?
Steps 9: I now have to give back and help someone like myself. In helping someone I am helping myself. My continuous recovery depends on how well I will do in service to others, beginning with myself, my family then the community.
These Nine Steps require another lifetime to complete. Constant reflection, discussion and a lot of time will helps us to begin the process of STREET GANG RECOVERY.
It only takes three people to be considered a street gang, but only one of you will break that cycle while the rest of you will be killed due to gang violence or imprisonment for LIFE!
Work these NINE STEPS and find a SGR sponsor to help guide you and keep on the path of recovery because you are a human being and people care about you.
It is Never Too Late to Change!
We can now accept the fact that we are human beings, so let us pause for a moment of silence to reflect upon what we discovered today and remember the many lives that have been lost to street violence and on a count of three, we’ll say together:
“IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE!”
Keep showing up and be safe
This program is geared towards helping each inmate develop a clear understanding of the necessary skills to obtain employment once released from prison. By breaking down the ingredients of a positive and effective resume, each inmate will have a head start once released. In today’s job market, the opportunity for an individual with a felony conviction to obtain a good paying job versus an average minimum wage position is very limited. Our goal is for each person to understand the importance of being completely prepared by having a complete, accurate, and informative resume, which will provide greater opportunities to be interviewed by a potential employer. Therefore, this program will be very informative and a valuable tool for each person to maximize his potential. Thus, developing the confidence and ability to answer tough questions in an interview setting will enhance each person’s chances of obtaining employment. This program will be hands-on. Mock interviews will take place to teach inmates how to handle questions and relax in an interview setting. The Timelist Group is very excited about the opportunity to present a program such as RDIP. We would also like to invite all Officers and Staff to stop by, observe and participate in this program if curiosity urges them to do so.
Thank you very much for this opportunity.
|1. PLEASE BE ON TIME TO THE CLASS2. BE RESPECTFUL TO OTHERS3. HELP EACH OTHER BENEFIT4. PARTICIPATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE5. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN|
|Session 1:||Program Introduction, Goals, and Discussion· Welcome to the program· Random job selection· Job seekers and future business owners|
|Session 2:||Resume Development (Heading and Objectives)· Begin Resume Construction· Break into groups· Show that you qualify· Accurate dates and timeline|
|Session 3:||Resume Development (Work Experience and Skills)· Break into groups|
|Session 4:||Resume Development (Qualifications)· Make this section very important!|
|Session 5:||Resume Development (Education and Personal)· Focus on accuracy of info|
|Session 6:||Cover Letters· Distribute examples· Why a cover letter?· Proper structure· Short and sweet|
|Session 7:||Job Search and Website Discussion· Methods to search· Website applications· Now you’re out of prison … what’s next?· How to be prepared for door to door· Get your resume out there|
|Session 8:||Employment Applications (Being Prepared)· Take your job notes with you· Have complete and accurate info· How to address the felony question· Reference information, be complete and thorough· Background checks|
|Session 9:||Interviewing (Mock Interviews)· S.T.A.R.· Be on time· Attitude / Manners / Appearance· Listen to questions· Think before you answer|
|Session 10:||Interview Follow-up· Emails· Letters· Phone calls|
|Session 11:||Program Completion· The Importance of Networking· Self-Evaluation· Keeping in touch· Direct Mailings· Flexibility and Adaptability· Issue Certificates and Chronos· Updating your resume as your career changes
Certificates and Chronos will be handed out at the completion of this 11-week course.
This course is a “Hands On” course. Participation and attendance are mandatory.
Participants must complete 10 of 11 weeks to receive a certificate.
Family visits and medical issues are excused.
Inmates must be on time to class.
- EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
- Complete Address and Phone Number
- Immediate Supervisor Info
- Start and Ending Dates
- Why You Left the Job
- EDUCATION HISTORY
- Accurate Info
- Be Honest
- Former Positions and Responsibilities
- Accurate Timeline
- REFERENCE LISTS
- Be Extremely Accurate Here!
- COVER LETTER
- Short, Professional and to the Point
- THANK YOU LETTER
- Always Address to the Person with whom You Interviewed!
- Short and Sweet
|12 WEEK WORKSHOP COURSE|
|Week 1:||Orientation and awareness|
|Week 2:||Warning signs – testimonials|
|Week 3:||Root causes / looking within – essay|
|Week 4:||Role playing – who do you “think” you are?|
|Week 5:||Role playing – where is the love?|
|Week 6:||Self-talk and communication|
|Week 7:||Violence is never an option|
|Week 8:||Alter your action before reactions|
|Week 9:||Develop new habits through spiritual principles|
|Week 10:||Healthy relationships and .parenting – making amends|
|Week 11:||Role playing – making amends (Part II)|
|Week 12:||Commitment “take a vow” today!|
If you have a problem controlling your anger and you are in a relationship, then this class is for you. If you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem and are in a relationship, then this class is for you. If you have jealousy issues within your relationships, then this class is for you. If you have ever been a witness to domestic violence, then this class is for you. If you have been guilty of abusing your mate or family member, mentally, emotionally, verbally and/or physically, then this class is definitely for you.
Domestic violence can appear in many forms. You may be overlooking the warning signs. It can stem from having unresolved internal issues that you experienced as a child; or you just simply lack the skills on how to cultivate healthy relationships.
In the end, many people are harmed emotionally, psychologically and physically. These are the persons on the receiving end of Domestic Violence, namely: children (if any), spouses, our parents, in-laws, the neighbors, friends of the family, co-workers – you name them. In the extreme cases, the results are often death and permanent damage to surviving family members.
Many abusers do not seek help, because they think that their actions are justified and acceptable or that they have it under control. The abused do not get out of the situation or call for help because they are afraid or they are blindly in love; therefore, they possess a false hope that their partner will change someday. If there are children involved, they are just caught in the middle; they usually grow up with a lot of hatred and resentment. In a lot of cases, the cycle is repeated with them as they become adults.
So, maybe you were at the receiving end of domestic abuse? In any case, our objective in taking this course is to STOP! CUT OFF! and BREAK! the cycle of Domestic Violence and bad parenting.
BEFORE GOING FORWARD IN THIS COURSE,
PLEASE SIGN THE FOLLOWING PLEDGE.
I, from this day forward, will never be a party to DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. I will love, honor and respect all women and every member of my household. I will always endeavor to cultivate healthy relationships. I will live by this PLEDGE for the rest of my life with the realization that violence is never an option.
Signature: , Dated:
In our Orientation and Awareness, I am sure that we know the problem of Domestic Violence. We saw it in the O.J. Simpson case and many other high notoriety cases that have made the headlines. On a more personal note, these are areas that are sensitive and we seem to neglect them for whatever reason or reasons. Today, let us talk about what we know about Domestic Violence and the effects.
Today, what are the warning signs? Having unrealistic expectations of those we claim to love. Feelings of jealousy, suspicion, obsessive control issues and so on. Let us hear your testimony.
Today, we must look deep inside for the root causes of our issues that lead to domestic problems. Write it down!
Today, we will be role playing. What role do you play or what role have you played in your household? Who do you “THINK” you are? [Scenario): You come home from work, you are hungry, there is no food in the refrigerator, you start shouting, ” I work all day and pay the bills and there is no food in my house!” Where does this scene go from here?
Today, we will continue role playing. Most of our relationships were blissful in the beginning; we were in love. At least we thought we were? [Scenario]: You are on a vacation with your family, a family member loses the vacation money. Anger emerges.” Where is the love now?
What is Self-Talk? For us, it is saying to yourself; ” This is my wife, or this is my family, I must keep them safe from harm, I am not violent, I love my wife, I must forgive them. After this Self-Talk, we are ready to communicate. PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!
If violence is never an option, we must figure out the solution. Today, we must breakup into small groups of four or five. Each group will come up with solutions to resolve their domestic issues.
We have tried everything to stop the violence or the abuse, but I keep getting frustrated and angry. Pause, take a step back, reflect and ask yourself; ” Am I approaching this problem right? ” Then act, this may produce a favorable response.
What new habits have you taken on to assist you in resolving domestic conflicts? Do you have a moral compass? Spirituality is key here; whether you take the principles from your religion or A.A. or Anger Management groups. Lets share …
Today, we begin making amends by telling someone we have harmed that we are sorry. How do you intend to make amends? And what would you say to the person that has been harmed by your actions?
Today, the [Scenario] is: Times are rough, I am out of work, bills are falling behind, your partner calls you a loser.” The scene is a little chaotic, so how will you treat the situation?
As we conclude this course, what is your commitment. Are you willing to take a vow today? What have you learned? And what is your vow?
This workshop course on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE was inspired by a Victims Awareness seminar conducted by Amalia Molina of the Families of the Incarcerated at Avenal State Prison. Thank you for giving me and many others hope.