Peer Mentor Program
F.O.R.T.E. recognizes the challenges faced in the first steps of entering an academic community, as well as the difficulties of re-entry. We are also aware of the value of the socio-economic growth of post-secondary education. Our Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) is crucial to promote successful reintegration, transition, and social capital. Individuals who have been marginalized and excluded require a sense of connection and belonging as a vital path to self-empowerment. The PMP alleviates cultural shock and helps to navigate the transition process of entering not only society but the academic sphere.
F.O.R.T.E. has integrated participants, volunteers, and community members to work together for a successful transition for participants from living on the inside to thriving on the outside:
Participants – formerly incarcerated people who want to improve their opportunities to earn a living, have positive relationships and regain the trust of family, friends and community members.
Peer Mentors – trained volunteers who serve to coach and accompany their Participant to accomplish Education Action Plan
Supportive Community – positive members of the Participant’s family or former support network who are interested in assisting the Participant to build productive relationships, restoring trust and accountability.