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The 7 Keys to Building a New Man

A Transformative Re-entry Program for Black Male Inmates

Soon the handcuffs will be removed, the doors will open and many black males will be released from adult and juvenile prisons. They must be prepared to re-enter society as the productive men they were born to be.
   Rehabilitation is an all but forgotten and abandoned concept in most of America’s prisons. In addition, most rehabilitation and re-entry programs lack the cultural component needed to  effectively address the unique challenges facing black males who are presently incarcerated and those recently released.
     This program was created to fill the gap and reduce the number of black men for whom prison has become a revolving door. This program helps to build the foundation that gives birth to a new man.
     Too often the emphasis is on dealing with the symptoms such as drug use, selling drugs, shootings, gang banging, etc. But this  program addresses the root causes of the criminal behavior. And it speaks to black males in a language that they can relate to and understand.
 
   
The Program in Detail
     Each specially selected topic is designed to address the unique and specific needs of black males who are presently incarcerated or recently released. All classes are taught by Steve White, the creator of the program and one of the preeminent educators and mentors in America. Steve has worked with adult and juvenile prisons, colleges and universities, public and private schools, parents and students for more than 25 years. 

70%

Rate of Recidivism for black inmates

40%

of inmates in prison are black

12

Blacks are 12 times more likely to receive prison sentence for drugs than whites

31%

Black drivers 31% more likely to be stopped by police than white drivers

1. A Spiritual and Moral Foundation

4. Knowledge of History & Culture 

      Real growth is from the inside out. We take the men on a well designed journey to find their inner man. We move beyond religion and tap into the essence of who the men were before their values were corrupted, their morality was compromised and their one on one relationship with God was replaced by religion.
     We teach the men how to look and grow from within and how to draw on their innate spirituality. Furthermore, we instill in the men a moral code that is based on God, not conflicting messages from  society. The most hardened black men have a natural inclination towards God. In this session, they will begin to reconnect with the God that lives within them.
     History helps define who you are and what you are capable of. When black males learn that their history is a history of high achievers in all areas of human development, they will be mentally free from the stereotypical limitations of sports, entertainment and crime. When black males learn that their African roots, history and culture is something to claim and be proud of, they will no longer be defined by society’s misrepresentations of who they are.
    

5. Identify Gifts, Talents & Purpose

     The ultimate goal is to help black males reach their full potential because then and only then will they find the satisfaction they have been searching for. The process begins by helping black males identify their unique gifts and talents and the purpose for which those gifts are to be used.
We have developed a process for helping individuals dig deep into themselves and identify their gifts and talents. Once their gifts and talents have been identified, we help the men understand the purpose for which they are to be used and the steps they must take to develop their gifts and talents.

2. Man Know Thyself (self-esteem & self-respect)

    Black males, more than any other group in America suffers from low self-esteem and self-respect and those virtues must be restored.
     In this session, the inmates examine the issues and experiences that destroyed their self-esteem and self-respect and made them vulnerable to the criminal activity that led to their incarceration.
For many black men, it is the life-changing childhood experiences that must be fixed in order to put them on the road to sustained success. Damaging words from loved ones, negative experiences in school and negative images  from the media and religion have all served to destroy the psyche of black men.

6. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

     No re-entry or personal development program can be complete without addressing how to build and maintain a healthy body. Many of the black males that have been incarcerated have lived lives that have inflicted tremendous abuse on their bodies. They must learn the importance of health and nutrition and how to build a healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that incorporates exercise and a nutritious diet that develops both the body and mind.

3. Family Relationships (mother/son; male/female)

     Most black men who are or were incarcerated were raised in single family homes headed by their mothers. The single black mother/son relationship is usually filled with love, anger and sometimes hate. It is not unusual for the son to feel the misdirected anger from his mother that is actually meant for the absentee father. Many black mothers shower their sons with love, but little or no responsibility. Behavior that a mother would never tolerate in her spouse or daughters, many mothers actually enable in their sons.
     Black mothers do the best they can, but they can’t be the example of manhood for their sons, only a man can provide that example. An unbalanced mother/son relationship is often the basis for failed male/female relationships. In this session, we unravel the lifetime effects of these unhealthy relationships.

7. Goals and Plans for Success

     The ultimate goal is to help black males reach their full potential. Only then will they find the satisfaction they have been searching for. The process begins by helping black males identify their unique gifts and talents and the purpose for which those gifts are to be used. Then we provide the steps to developing their gifts and talents.
  
The men learn to set short and long term goals and how to create plans for achieving their goals. It is also in this session that we address money management. The men will learn to create their own opportunities and to redirect many of the attributes they used for a life of crime and use them create legitimate and legal opportunities.

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The black male is not expendable. If his future is in jeopardy, then so is the black family.
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