MENTORING

One to One Mentoring

BCPS mentors provide support and encouragement for individuals incarcerated at the Berks County Jail through regular weekly visits. The volunteer provides support, a connection to the community and acts as a positive role model for the inmate in order to help them prepare for their release back into the community. Volunteers are vital to the programs success!

Commitment: Weekly one hour sessions

Requirements: Berks County Jail volunteer clearance, Jail orientation and individual training with BCPS Volunteer Coordinator

Educational Tutoring

Volunteers work as tutors for individuals incarcerated at the Berks County Jail's Community Reentry Center in the areas of literacy and education.

Commitment: Weekly one hour sessions

Requirements: Berks County Jail volunteer clearance, Jail orientation and individual training with BCPS Volunteer Coordinator

"Mentoring is a way to positively connect with people who want to make a new start in life. They want to move forward and I beleive that given the proper support, they can." Karen

"When I learned about BCPS, I wanted to be a part of the mentoring program. In the short time I have been a mentor, it has been rewarding, and I feel the experience will allow me the opportunity to grow personally and hopefully make a difference in someone's life." Linda

Mentoring Experiences

"My eyes have been opened ot the realities of prison life through the words of the men with whom I have spoken. It has been a real education. I now know what a "cellie" is and what being sent to the "hole" means. Most of all I have realized that these are real people with real feelings that they have chosen to share with me. I am proud to be apart of the program." Jeff

"The One to One Mentoring program allowed me to meet people from all walks of life. Collectively, they've enriched me, providing me with a window into the suffering, hopes, and aspirations of people I would never otherwise have had a chance to meet. I highly recommend this experience to everyone." Fran

If you are interested in any of our volunteering  programs, please contact us.

Berks Connections/Pretrial Services

19 N. 6th St, 4th Floor

Reading, PA 19601

1-484-260-3860