We call them volunteers, but in reality, these coaches, business and community leaders, friends, and family members are the secret sauce at Breakthrough. Thanks to them, we can leverage substantial legal, business and finance, marketing and PR, logistical and operational experience, and expertise for the benefit of our program participants. Hundreds have joined us in coaching and mentoring our people, and we’re just getting started!
In-person interactions with our volunteers provide our people with hope and increased self-confidence, supporting them to transform attitudes and successfully return to the community upon release. But we often hear that our volunteers receive a lot more than they give. Breakthrough volunteers experience tremendous growth as they develop empathy for an overlooked and stigmatized population. Perhaps best of all, they often become advocates who help shift societal perceptions to build stronger communities and open doors to future opportunities.
We have a ton of volunteer opportunities! In-prison volunteer opportunities include coaching our people at our milestone events and in-classroom coaching sessions to provide additional content and feedback.
Corporate Volunteer Opportunities
Breakthrough works with businesses to engage them in our in-prison volunteer opportunities to leverage their experience and work with our program participants on milestone event days. It’s also a unique opportunity for businesses to help shift the narrative and work towards eliminating barriers to employment for individuals with criminal histories.
If you are interested in corporate volunteer opportunities, reach out at the button below.
Are you someone who likes to share your expertise? This is the role for you. Post-Release Coaches connect with our people on a case-by-case basis. They offer support in the coach’s area of expertise for a one-time meeting. Post-Release Coaches are connected with our people in need of support in the coaches area of expertise for a one-time meeting. Our four areas are Career Development, Character Development, Life Skills, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset. If most of our Exemplars require support in a particular area, a Post-Release Coach might run a small group workshop.
In this role, you are committing to one session at a time. No long-term or ongoing sessions are required, meaning you can select your own cadence of engagement. We ask that you follow through on your commitment once you have started a mentoring session or workshop.
Mentors have closer relationships with our people. A Post-Release Mentor pairs up with an Exemplar for a one-on-one growth experience. In this role, you become a sounding board and a life skills advisor to a graduate. Participants are asked to make a commitment” to “Participants commit to four months, with four hours each month—however that time works for the two people involved. The highly individualized role will differ depending on your assigned person and their needs. In this role, you will help our people establish learning/growth objectives based on their individual needs at the time of mentoring and support them as they identify a plan to execute.