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Mentors are an integral part of LEAP’s holistic approach to education and helping women transition into society.
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Since my release, I have been frequently reminded of the importance of support outside of those walls. The LEAP ladies have been a source of encouragement during a time that has been challenging and sometimes downright heartbreaking. Without their support, my life would be full of more questions and doubt. I am so thankful for the love, support, and positivity that LEAP has supplied before and after my release from prison. I am forever grateful for my new family.
LEAP students develop a mindset of doing the right thing, making the right choices, having a positive attitude, and staying focused on making their dreams a reality. The program gave me a reason to get up in the morning and focus on what was important, so upon release from prison, I could apply what I learned from LEAP and be a role model to my children, grandchildren and become once again a law-abiding citizen of the community.
Because of LEAP's Mentoring Program and my fabulous mentor, I came out of prison gainfully employed. Two months after release I moved into my own place and have slowly and deliberately become the woman that had been buried deep inside of me. The woman I chose to bury because of low self-worth and esteem and a unhealthy self- image. I continue to practice the skills I learned in LEAP on a daily basis.
LEAP has taught me a whole new way to see the world and myself. I see that I have value and now look at difficulties as opportunities, not obstacles. I have a job that I love as a cook at Camillus House, my own apartment, and spend as much time as possible in service to my church and those in need. I am honored to serve on the LEAP board of directors so that I can help other women coming out of prison.