Effective decision-making is essential to success.

The ability to identify, assess, and decide from alternative choices is a foundational skill, making it possible for women to take advantage of educational, employment, housing and other opportunities to build a new life for themselves and their children.

Incarcerated women often come from underprivileged, abusive, or drug-laden backgrounds where they had little opportunity to learn how to make positive decisions. Instead they tend to:

  • React impulsively
  • Flee difficult situations by using alcohol or other drugs
  • Float along, letting others decide for them.

Women's decisions are made within the context of significant relationships.

The mentor helps her partner relate the decision-making process to all her daily decisions so that eventually it is internalized and becomes part of her normal way of responding to difficult and challenging situations. Through the teaching and mentoring relationships, both volunteers and their partners at the prison mutually benefit, stereotypes are broken, and understanding of the challenges incarcerated women face increases, which leads to a healthier, safer, more caring society for all.

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