LIFE COACHING PRISONERS IS NOT A NEW THING
I knew several years ago I would one day be a life coach but in what capacity, I did not know at the time. I spent seven years behind bars, therefore, the ones that I left behind are still dear to my heart and I desire to make a difference. I have a passion to encourage and support them because I know what it is like. When I received my Elite Life Coaching certification, it seemed the logical decision to use it in coaching prisoners. But how exactly was that going to work? I wondered.
In my research, I was pleasantly surprised to find there are other organizations that offer life coaching to prisoners. In the UK, there is Spark Inside where the coaching program concentrates on youth offenders, helping them discover a new plan for their lives before they are released. The graduates from this program “emerge with skills, confidence, and network to take control of their adult lives, embrace workplace or educational opportunities, and stay out of the criminal justice system.”
Coaching Inside and Out, also based in the UK, offers coaching to offenders (male or female and in prison or the community). CAIO began by challenging and supporting women but their services have expanded so they can make an even greater impact on those on the inside as well as outside.
The HOPE Coaching Project is unique as it was developed and created by a group of federal inmates. The objective is for the older, wiser offender with a longer sentence to mentor a younger offender who will be released within the year. The Coach and Mentee work on goal setting, developing a relationship, and determing needs for personal development.
This research was rather encouraging to me, needless to say. I know that what PiPP offers can truly make a difference in the lives of the prisoners (clients) we serve but it can also make a huge impact on society.
We not only want to coach and educate the prisoner that will be released one day but we desire to coach and educate the one with a life sentence. We believe we can help them discover purpose for their lives behind the prison walls enabling them to live a healthier, creative life even without the freedom so many of us enjoy. For more information, please check out the page, PiPP Support. On behalf of all who we serve, THANK YOU.
Together It Works,