Staff members conduct presentations, prison tours, and follow-ups for students in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. The presentations by ex-offenders illustrate the significance of choices even at an early age. The prison tour is not intended to scare, but rather educate students on the reality of poor decision making. After the tours, students receive individual follow-up which ideally leads to a mentoring relationship. We believe long-term relationships change lives through connection and accountability.
During a single year, an estimated 2.1 million youth under the age of 18 are arrested in the United States.
"This presentation helped me know what to do and what not to do. Megan helped me know how to look at my life and learn from my mistakes." -Student, LMS
Presentations: Youth will have the opportunity to hear real life experiences from those who have made poor decisions and suffered their consequences. The presentations illustrate the significance of choices even at an early age.
Prison Tours: Youth will tour a medium/maximum-security prison. It is not intended to scare, but rather educate on the reality of poor decision making. The guided tour will be conducted by Prevention and Facility Staff. Youth may have the chance to hear stories from inmates and visit the cafeteria, recreation yards, dormitories, as well as lock-down units. Youth will also see career opportunities within the Department of Corrections. Each institution will determine what the tour group will see upon arrival.
Group Follow Up and 1-on-1 Follow Up: PPM staff will hold a group debrief following the tour. PPM staff may also visit with the youth 1-on-1 for relationship and character building. The staff will offer strategic tools to encourage the youth to move towards positive goals for the future.
Referral Program: We believe long-term relationships change lives through connection and accountability. Youth may be referred to other organizations within the community to reinforce positive decision making.