BOISE — The Idaho Department of Correction is seeking community mentors for parolees after they are released from prison.

The Free2Succeed Community Mentor Program gives incarcerated individuals an opportunity to request a mentor to help overcome issues and obstacles during their reentry to society.

The mentors can foster pro-social behaviors, help them find a job, invite them to church, assist in establishing better relationships within their family, encourage accountability and provide support to probation and parole staff.

“Our mission is to help keep the people of Idaho safe, and one of the ways we do that is by working to reduce recidivism,” said Henry Atencio, IDOC director. “Free2Succeed mentors play a critical role in this effort by helping newly released offenders stay on track and develop positive, social connections in the community.”

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IDOC is working with Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) to help with the program in the state.

To volunteer, email mentoring@idoc.idaho.gov, or visit www.idoc.idaho.gov for more information.

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