Centerforce

Rating: 4.5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Crime & Law

Location: 2955 Kerner Blvd San Rafael CA 94901 USA

Mission: We pursue our mission by:? Developing and delivering comprehensive and effective client-centered services to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.? Designing and implementing programs that foster constructive experiences during incarceration, promote successful re-entry, and decrease re-incarceration.? Researching, evaluating, and sharing innovative and current best program practices.? Collaborating with key stakeholders, including corrections, to achieve our goals.? Creating awareness and shaping the debate around incarceration and its effects.
Results: In 7 years we have had over 200 matched and currently we have 35! This year we plan to add 15 matches each quarter and to continue to offer programming that inspires our mission of assisting families that are impacted by family incarceration.
Geographic areas served: Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda
Programs: Centerforce provides services for incarcerated individuals, formerly incarcerated individuals, and their loved ones through direct services, its annual conference and, through consultation and training for government agencies, community-based organizations and correctional facilities across the country and internationally. Direct services for clients are provided by our four Service Areas: Children and Families Services, Prison & Transitional Services, and Information Services.
Multiple Programs include: Children and Family Services, Information Services and Prisoner Services.
Write a Review
Donate
Invite Reviews Share This Nonprofit

More Info

EIN 94-2446248
415-456-9980 EXT
www.centerforce.org

Filter Reviews by Role

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

LIFE Project treated the relationship between the mentor-mentee as brother's/ sister's/ father & mother figure. That is how close they are to each other.The project through it's hard and dedicated staff/volunteers/and helpers, provide the exact right venue for these young people to experience, to grow, to equipped themselves with the proper and safe tools, ready to face the challenges of surviving. It's a unique group of people that shows tremendous efforts trying to give these young people the future & present life they deserve. They are not trying to take over the role of their parents, but having that open mind and heart, having the guts to walk and listen to them, makes a different in their lives.It's a wonderful bonding opportunity for both mentor-mentee, and also with the staff and volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Last weekend highlighted an awesome event where they organise this camp for all the mentors and thier mentees. It was so good that mentees doesn't want to depart.They bonded together and learn from each other.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Its the growing vibe of striving for success and being able to support one another.Its interacting with the right people, with the same common ground.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

These committed staff and volunteers won't come around twice. They are just too good doing what they love and enjoy every little bit of it.They are determine, care, friendly, trustworthy, and they are full of good spirit.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

You will never imagine how FAR THEY WOULD GO! The little funding they have right now, still take them a long way...BUT to get extra funding...they will make a lot of young people and their parents happy....

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I think this program is great. As a mentor, I get to hang out with a great kid and his family. Since his father is in prison, I give him a chance to see how an adult male acts in society. He gives me a chance to re-experience what it was like when my children were his age. I think that this helps everyone involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really dedicated. The group events make this special since the mentors can learn from other mentors and the kids get to hang with other kids in the same situation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I volunteer as a mentor with the Life Project and find this program to be a very positive one. I currently mentor a youth(mentee) who has a parent who is incarcerated and I meet with my mentee a minimum of 4 hour a month as well as have a weekly check in via telephone. My mentee and I spend time going out to eat, going to the movies, talking about their life experience or participating in some of the activities that The Life Project provides such as seeing The Nut Cracker, going to baseball games or getting together with other mentors/mentees for a group event etc. The Life Project is a great program and I truely believe that the mentees that we mentor benefit a great deal from being a part of this program because they have someone to talk to and listem to them. In addition, they are also able to participate in activities and events that they probably would not if they were not a part of the program. I enjoy volunteering as a mentor for The Life Project and would love to see this program continue because so many of our youth benefit greatly from the program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The valuable time I spend with my mentee and just me making a difference in a child's life. I love mentoring with The Life Project.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send some of the mentees to visit places they have never seen or help with college via scholarships. My mentee wants to go to Washington DC to tour.

Ways to make it better...

The program could help mentors out with by reimbursing them for gas or have movie passes or gift cards for restaurants. Often times the family of the mentee does not have money to pay for outings such as movies, eating etc. which means mentor has to pay

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been a mentor with the Life Project for just over a year. I am paired with a 12 year old boy from Richmond and spend time with him once or twice a month. We play sports, walk my dog, and go to events planned by the program. Last month we went on a bike ride with Trips for Kids in Marin, and a few weeks back we attended the Project What! conference and helped make a group art project. Life Project also has access to free passes for community events and attractions, including sports, museums, and even trips to Alcatraz. My mentee rode on a boat for the first time on the Alcatraz trip and a butterfly landed on his hand in the Rainforest dome at the new Academy of Science. Both things I had never done before and thanks to the program could take him to experience. Life Project is one of my mentee's favorite things, next to food and playing with his friends. It's a big commitment to be solid in his life, but I look forward to helping him succeed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my relationship with my mentee. He loves the world and experiencing new things; like a sponge he takes it all in and is adding to his world view. It's cliche, but witnessing this is truly priceless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Life Project is a mentor program for youth who have been impacted by parental incarceration. The purpose of the program is to build self-esteem and confidence, as well as provide a positive adult adult role model for the kids. I have been a mentor in the Life Project for a year now. My mentee Jackelin and I get together about once a week, since we live near each other in Fremont. We try and do things together that she may not have the opportunity to do on her own (go to museums, plays, musical events). She really enjoys spending time with the other youth and have the opportunity to make friends with people who understand her situation. The Life Project provides lots of guidance to the matches, including providing free tickets to events through the CATS program. We also get together as a group every six weeks or so, which the kids really enjoy. Jackelin and I would never have met if it hadn't been for the Life Project. We both plan to stay with the program throughout her high-school years and continue to make a positive impact on each other!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

ability to work with youth and hopefully make a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am in my third year as a mentor with the LIFE Project. My name is Peter and I live in Berkeley, CA. My mentee's name is Isidro and he lives about 15 minutes away in Richmond, CA. Being a mentor with the LIFE Project has been a great experience and an important part of my life for the last 2+ years. Isidro and I get together every 2 or 3 weeks, usually to see a play or movie, and inevitably get pizza. We talk about what's going on in our lives - school/work, relationships, family, etc. There is a group event for all mentors/mentees every 6 weeks or so, where people connect with other mentors/mentees. These events are a good way to be a part of the overall LIFE Project community. All of the mentees have a family member currently or previously incarcerated, so this connection with other youth in similar circumstances is an important part of the program. At times, these events are fun events like baseball games or barbecues. Other times, they are service events, like food drives. In my opinion, the best events are those that deal with issues of incarceration. The most recent group event was a seminar of workshops and public speakers, put on by Project What!, dealing directly with the issues faced by young people when a parent is incarcerated. The LIFE Project is growing. When I started, we were one group of mentors and mentees. Now there are at least 3 different cohorts. There is the usual ebb and flow of people coming into and leaving the program. As with anything, those who put effort into the program learn and grow as a result of their involvement. As I mentioned already, I feel fortunate to be a part of the LIFE Project, and to have formed a friendship with Isidro and his family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my mentee grow and mature as a person.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to maintain the same staff (better pay?) from year to year, so there's a consistent, experienced guiding hand to help the program grow long term

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

establishing a relationship with my mentee and seeing him grow as a person

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great people, one and all.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to a larger number of mentee/mentor matches, and provide more educational (and fun!) group events and retreats.

Ways to make it better...

more of the group events had a educational program dealing with issues of incarceration.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of consistent funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

I think I've said it all

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Was this review helpful?