Alternative Directions, Inc. CHIP Mentoring Programhttp://www.alternativedirectionsinc.org
The Alternative Directions Mentoring Program is an extension of the Alternative Directions mission. As a component of the re-integration services provided by Alternative Directions, the Children Having Incarcerated Parents (CHIP) mentoring program provides a child of an incarcerated individual with a mentor from the local community to begin life-changing lessons with constant guidance for mentees. Some children have had to grow up too soon and CHIP mentors remind the child to enjoy and value their childhood and their life. Most of the children are dealing with the shame that an incarcerated parent's void creates, mentors replace that shame with kindness and trust. CHIP mentors work with children to improve self-confidence and social skills through genuine and trusting personal relationships. CHIP mentors are role models, confidants and emotionally supportive advocates.