Improving Inmate Communities and Chances for Successful Reentry

The Active Adults Curriculum

It is our honor to serve leaders who serve incarcerated persons and those who are reentering their communities. ARC’s Active Adults curricula have been used successfully in prisons, juvenile halls, county detention facilities, and customs and immigration processing centers to improve inmate communication.

One of the skills most often described by male inmates as being helpful is learning how to deal with their anger. The curriculum teaches individuals why taking responsibility for one’s actions is empowering as they learn to make better choices, manage emotional triggers and feelings of hurt and anger, and gain tools for communicating effectively with respect and integrity.

Facilitators and detainees have consistently reported the value of the Active Adults course in enhancing inmate wellness and life skills. Detention centers utilizing Active Adults also indicate a perceptible decrease in violent crime within their facilities*. (*Crawford County Correctional Facility, Texas).

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Men’s Reentry Programs

For those working towards reentry, developing confidence, emotional understanding and the skills to rebuild healthy relationships are essential to repair important family relationships, manage feelings of shame and anger, and increase their chances of successful reintegration into society after release.

For fathers, staying connected with children during incarceration and reconnecting with them during reentry can be difficult. Making sure children feel loved is extremely important. To address these issues, in addition to Active Adults, ARC offers Active Relationships for Young Adults for teens. Each course focuses on learning how to enhance communication techniques, resolve conflicts in a responsible way, manage emotional triggers and maintain healthier relationships.

Women’s Reentry Programs

ARC’s Active Adults teaches many life skills, methods and techniques to help women make positive changes while preparing for reentry into their communities. The unique role of women as mothers presents additional challenges; mothers with teen children will benefit by taking Active Adults during the same time frame that their children take Active Relationships for Young Adults. It is beneficial for families to learn new life skills at the same time so they can discuss and even practice important communication skills through a new calm and respectful connection.

Mothers reintegrating with younger children (ages 3+) may enroll in our Active Families course. Families learn together in the same room, play games, and develop tools and techniques to enhance communication, conflict resolution, and how to control anger or upset feelings. Mothers can help their children develop healthy life skills and help to prepare them to be more well-adjusted as they grow.

Youth Reentry Programs

Special attention should be paid to high-risk youth to guide them towards a brighter future. Introducing important life skills to high-risk youth is key to helping ensure they become successful members of society. Whether youth need help getting back on track or help staying on course, Active Relationships for Young Adults teaches youth valuable skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Often through a troubled childhood or home environment, youth have not had the opportunity to learn healthy ways to communicate, how to manage their emotions, or real-world skills like how to properly handle money. By utilizing our Active Relationships for Young Adults program, teens will learn new tools, methods and life skills to help them on their way to a brighter future.

For parents or caregivers, having troubled teens is a difficult challenge, but they can still teach important principles that help youth find a happier path. Active Adults teaches adults healthy life skills that can be used for their own empowerment and to better their relationships with their children. Teens who have gone through Active Relationships for Young Adults can make better choices because of a deeper understanding and skills and tools to manage emotional triggers and anger, resolve conflicts in a more responsible way and communicate more effectively.

Over the last year we have educated approximately 150 inmates using the Active Relationships curriculum and classes were met with favorable responses from them! In that the inmates are receptive to learning more social skills as provided through CEF, we look forward to conducting many more Active Relationship classes with the inmates this summer and in the Fall.
The Active Adults curriculum has become a key resource for incarcerated people. This course introduces life-skills that may see them through life’s most critical scenarios and situations. Communication, anger management, money management, and conflict resolution are essential skills inmates need to learn to prosper in life. Teaching these skills at the different detention centers really fills my heart with joy.
I was a person who thought everything in my life was so negative. Now I think more positive of life. I look forward to my life out, and want to continue with my classes out in the free world.