|Educators Delores Johnson, left, and Tiffany Franklin presenting at a conference for Louisiana Juvenile Probation Officers|
Baton Rouge, La. - SU Ag Center’s Second Chance 2 Recover team will travel to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel to do mock job interviews with selected inmates. The team was asked to conduct these interviews by Amanda Dominique who works in the mental health department at the Center. The team has been teaching classes at EHCC since 2007. The purpose of the Second Chance 2 Recover program is to provide self-sufficiency skills to inmates on topics regarding issues they will face upon release. Classes include Addictive Behaviors, Developing Job Skills, Anger Management and Creating a Plan of Action.
Ms. Dominique requested the mock interviews after the team taught their “Developing Job Skills and Plan of Action” class. The class provides information on what to do and what not to do when searching for a job after their release. They are taught that finding employment will likely be a challenge once they return to their communities. The objective is to prepare the mindset of inmates and to teach them that it is not an overnight process to get out and immediately find employment. Not saying it is impossible, but highly unlikely because of their past history of offenses. The class also teaches inmates how and where to find decent, reasonably priced clothes for an interview. They are also taught to utilize their resources and network to find employment.
The interviews will be recorded and taped for the general population to reference as needed to know what to do during a job interview.
For additional information about the Second Chance 2 Recover program, contact Tiffany Franklin, Program Coordinator at 225-771-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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