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The Reconstruct Program is designed to introduce productive principles and provide realist solutions to help reconstruct the lives of people who may be at risk of incarceration, juvenile delinquency, and substance abuse issues etc.  We achieve this by introducing what is called ” principles of change“.  These guiding principles were developed by Talib , who went to prison at the age of 17 for a period over 20 years, to be used by anyone who wants to create positive change in their lives.  It was during this time that he took every opportunity to re-evaluate his life and turn it around for the better.  He came to understand what it took for someone to break the cycle of violence, crime and recidivism.   These are principles that he teaches now and has done so for the better part of 20 years.  Through his work he has been recognized by many to be a motivational coach and role model, as well as a success story of positive change.

During his stay in prison Talib has organized and taught various classes using these same principles.  He has worked with out-reach groups and at-risk teens and youth through programs commonly known as “scared straight programs.”  What he realized was that once a person has reached that point there wasn’t any scaring them straight.  So he tried another approach that proved to be more successful.  This approach was to abandon the trend of rebuking and use the methods of relating.  He demonstrated to the youth that he could relate by using his own personal experiences to educate about dangers of poor decision making.

The core of the program is based on 3 simple, yet profound principles.

•1 realize that there is a problem

•2 choose to address the problem

•3 learn to build healthy and positive relationships.

These seem simple but there are many people from all walks of life that suffer as a result of not having these 3 simple principles present in their lives.   This mostly is due to emotional intelligence.  It is hard to address certain issues when one has yet to come to understand how to identify the emotions that are attached to certain behaviors.

The goal of the Reconstruct Program is to reinforce the idea that people can ‘choose’ to be productive regardless of race, social and economical backgrounds.  The mission is to use these ideas and principles to find solutions to the growing problems of crime, alcohol and substance abuse, violence, and incarceration.  We aim to help participants move from an unhealthy state of being to a productive and healthy lifestyle.  That is the goal, amongst others, of the Reconstruct Program.

inmate mentoring program. what are your thoughts? do you think that inmates can serve as role models and mentors for the youth and others that may suffer from what they have experienced? there are a number of inmates who are serving long sentences and have come to a point where they wish to give back to the community. when one is sentenced to a term of imprisonment the idea is to make amends for the crimes and pay a debt back to the society, yet when inmates or ex offenders try to give back to the community and make this amends they are often hindered from doing so. irony at its best. incarceration is not the amends that is implied. that time serves as a time to gain the insight and make the changes that one needs in order to give back to the community. i think that a inmate mentoring program is a good tool to use to advert the influx of juveniles coming to prison. the main idea of Michelle Alexander book is to come up with ways to stop or at the least slow down what is happening in terms of mass incarceration. what better way to get the real word out than to use the voices of those who can better explain the issues that often leads to incarceration. it works two ways. one it gives these inmates a feeling of purpose and fulfillment, something that many of them are not use to. it gives them the chance to really pay back the society by mentoring someone one on the realties of the life of crime and where/what it leads to. and at the same time it saves someone else’s life. let me hear your thoughts!