The National Baptist Convention, USA, INC. Prison Ministry and Criminal Justice Commission (NBCPMCJC) will implement its PROJECT VILLAGE: Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program beginning October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2013 in the State of Louisiana. The Project is funded by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services-Administration of Families and Children-ACYF through the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ) located in Washington, D.C.
As Affiliate Partners of the PEN OR PENCIL National Mentoring Network of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ), the National Baptist Convention, USA, INC. Prison Ministry and Criminal Justice Commission, through the Baton Rouge based Reclamation and Restoration Ministries, Inc., will implement Project Village. The program geographical areas include: Baton Rouge (central); St. Francisville/New Roads (north); Lafayette/Lake Charles, (west); Hammond (east); and New Orleans/Thibodaux (south).
The goal of Project Village is to bring 240 children, who have a parent in a State or Federal prison, during the three (3) year project period together with caring volunteer adult mentors to develop a trusting relationship (“developmental relationship”), and be change agents for children ages 6 to 18 (“prescriptive relationship”) to help them adjust from being separated from their parents, do well in school, and to prepare for the future.
Activities and support services of the Project include: one-on-one mentoring; READY4LIFE group mentoring with Life Skills and Youth Development Curriculum (PEN OR PENCIL PROGRAM-NAFJ); extensive Case Management, transportation and other match support services; as well as recreation and cultural enrichment experiences.
Project Village will be administered at the Greater First Church-Baptist Fellowship and Activity Center, located at 4669 Groom Road, Baker, Louisiana, 70714 which also serves as the NBCPMCJC National Administrative Office. The operation hours are from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday; and the READY4LIFE Group Mentoring sessions will be held each quarter on the Saturday before the 3rd Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm four times a year (December, March, June, and September).
For more information on how you or your organization may provide mentors and/or youth (mentee) referrals from the program geographical areas, please contact the Office of the Founder and Executive Secretary, Prison Ministry and Criminal Justice Commission, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Reverend Anthony Kelley, M.Div., Project Manager, at the address above. Or you may call, Telephones: 225 778-4788 Greater First Church-Baptist Office or Reclamation and Restoration Ministries Office at 225 330-4892; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.