“Mentor an Ex-Convict. Volunteer for an organization like Ready4Work and provide job advise and emotional support to one of the 650,000 adults released from incarceration each year.”
President Barack Obama talks about his plan for faith based community programs, including Ready4Work, in Zanesville, OH on July 1, 2008.
Become a Life Coach
Ready4Work is a nationally recognized program assisting ex-offenders with re-entry into the community and workforce, effectively leading clients toward a productive life.
Operating with a four-pronged approach; case management, life-coaching, job training and job placement assistance, Ready4Work motivates and moves individuals to become productive, responsible citizens within the community.
The role of a life coach is that of a confidant, counselor and champion. A life coach helps build confidence and instill personal accountability/responsibility in people, as well as helps establish boundaries for those seeking assistance.
Essentially, a life coach stands as a “role model for life.” Ready4Work’s Life Coaching program is intended to equip its life coaches with the skills required to support ex-offenders’ reentry efforts. Ensuring support and success for clients, a life coach works in concert with the Life Coach Coordinator, as well as other Ready4Work staff.
- 21 years of age
- No felony conviction (within last year)
- Not actively on probation/parole
- Complete one 4-hour training class
- One year commitment
- Submit to background check
Training Class Topics
- History of mentorship
- Ready4Work mentor program/program partners
- Communication skills
- Common behavioral characteristics
- Concepts & practices of mentoring
- Qualities a good mentor
- Program rules
- Working through challenging situations