As a registered nonprofit, we are committed to investing in the lives of those who need it most. We will be a force for positive change in our world, and that starts right here in our own community. We believe that our best chance for truly impacting our world is to start locally.
Change a life and you can rebuild a family. Rebuild a family and you can transform a community. Transform a community and you change the world!
Within 5 years of their release, the national average for individuals who have been incarcerated that are re-arrested is a staggering 76.6%.
While there are several organizations committed to changing the laws and policies that affect this number, the focus of the Magnanimous Project is on the individuals, those lives, families, and communities represented by these shocking statistics.
Why wait for a young person to become another statistic of the system? We hope to intervene in the lives of those young people who face far more obstacles and hardships than the average teen or young adult.
The term 'at risk' can be useful for describing many young people whose potential for becoming responsible and productive adults is limited by challenges within the ecology of their lives. These include problems at home, in schools, and in communities; problems with some cultural norms and social messages that contribute to risk in children's lives; and problems within children and adolescents themselves.(McWhirter, 2013)
Magnanimous Project participants will receive the training, attention, and holistic care that is too often absent from their recovery.
We want to provide practical solutions for the everyday problems that are encountered by those who have been involved in the criminal justice system. For many, the biggest hurdle isn't finding a place to live or even finding a job, it's rediscovering purpose. Living a life without meaning is hard regardless of your background, but if you add the label "felon" into that equation, hard becomes nearly impossible. Our program aims to not only meet the practical needs of our participants, but also help them discover their passions and abilities so that they can reclaim purpose in their lives.
First, we pair our participants with local small businesses so they can earn a steady paycheck. These partner businesses are carefully selected and trained to ensure our program is as consistent and effective as possible. Next, we work with our participants to find an agreeable mentor. It is important that this relationship is as natural and organic as possible, for the sake of both the mentor and the mentee. We also have partnerships and resources to assist with any housing issues.
Beyond these obvious needs, the Magnanimous Project is intentional about investing in these individuals, especially in their education. Rather than sending them back to school or asking them to attend community college (though those are still valuable options), we provide ongoing training to assist them in developing a long-term career, while they are still earning an income. Early on, this training is simply on-the-job training, much like you would get with most any job. However, this training transitions to education as participants' experience and responsibilities increase. They are no longer just gaining the knowledge they need for their current job, but are accumulating a host of skills and insights that will equip them for the jobs and careers they aspire to.
The Magnanimous Academy is where this skill acquisition is accelerated dramatically. In their first Academy, participants will learn the basics of Web Development, Graphic Design, Business Finance, and Sales and Marketing. At least once a year, participants will return to the Academy and expand their expertise in these areas. Ultimately, they will be acquiring the skills and knowledge to be successful entrepreneurs.