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    ORGANIZATION: American Friends Service Committee
    PROJECT: Good Neighbor Project
    ABOUT: The Good Neighbor Project is a co-mentorship program designed to match up free-world individuals with Michigan prisoners who are serving Life or Long Indeterminate sentences. Many of these prisoners have been incarcerated for so long that they have lost their network of social support from family, friends, and the community. It is through letter or email correspondences that our co-mentors develop strong and meaningful relationships that are meant to promote transformation, redemption and healing. The reciprocal relationship provides an opportunity for both free-world and incarcerated individuals to grow and learn from each other. This program aims to give prisoners a voice and shed a light on the hardships of enduring prison and the problem with relying on long sentences to address deeply rooted social issues.

    Is the Good Neighbor Project right for you? Can you:

    • Agree to a one-year commitment to the program?
    • Commit to letter writing (or emailing) at least once every two weeks?
    • Attend co-mentor training and follow-up trainings?
    • Communicate with the program coordinator and submit updates/evaluations?
    • Engage in group discussions about problems, concerns and moral dilemmas you may encounter during the co-mentor relationship?

    CONTACT: Demetrius Titus, dtitus@afsc.org, 724-761-8283
    ORGANIZATION: Michigan’s State Appellate Defender Office
    PROJECT: Project Re-Entry
    ABOUT: Michigan has the second largest number of individuals serving mandatory life without parole sentences for crimes they committed as children. Due to the recent Supreme Court decision, all JLWOPs are entitled to resentencing. Those who are re-sentenced to a term of years become immediately eligible for parole. After many years of absence from society, they will face insurmountable challenges in reintegrating back into the community. The goal of ‘Project Re-Entry’ is to provide wrap-around re-entry services for Michigan’s juvenile prisoners prior to and upon release. Since our resources are limited, we need each of you to help build a strong network of support for those who are stepping into their second life.
    JOIN: Fill out this google form if you are interested in helping out with this project! https://goo.gl/z1n18H
    CONTACT: For more information, please direct your questions to reentry@sado.org

    ORGANIZATION: Nation Outside
    PROJECT: Miscellaneous
    ABOUT: Nation Outside is looking for volunteers: recruiting and starting local chapters, planning events, representation at local events, and more.
    JOIN: If you are interested in volunteering, email Aaron at nationoutside@gmail.com or call at 734-646-1587.

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