Tayba teaches applied life skills needed to navigate the difficulties and complexities of prison and (when released) the free world by becoming contributing and law abiding citizens.

 

While religious education and other forms of higher education are important and can be  factors in rehabilitation and reducing recidivism, there is also a need for practical life skills.  Through a series of coaching, peer-mentorship, utilizing existing course programs, and creating courses where needed, Tayba helps develop a track of learning for each individual that suits their reality.

 

Tayba Foundation is focused on supporting prisoner-developed and facilitated programs. Tayba feels these are the best-suited programs to address the real-life issues. This is especially true when the programs work in conjunction with professionals from various areas, such as mental health professionals. With nearly 2,000 students from over 30 states, Tayba has a solid overview of the available programs and where the gaps in service remain. Tayba recently completed a program evaluation with over 180 respondents from across the nation.

The areas of focus include:

  • Awareness of mental health issues, especially dual diagnosis
    • The occurrence of mental illness is higher in prisoners than in free society
  • Addiction
  •  Criminality
    • Understanding criminogenic needs is crucial for lifelong, sustainable change for the better
  • Job readiness.
    • Taking the skills and training and turning that into being ready for the job market is a skill in and of itself. The complication of having a felony record also must be navigated
  • Entrepreneurship
    • For many people with felony records, going back into the regular job force will have a number of blocks and ceilings. At times, an individual with a felony record may need to create a new path for income such as starting a small business, doing contract or consulting work, developing non-profit projects, etc. This requires understanding, training and experience in the concepts of entrepreneurship
  • Personal Finance
    • Earning an income is one thing, knowing how to manage one’s finance is another
    • Understanding how to manage income and living within one’s means
  • Building a healthy family
    • Being connected and part of a family is essential for a healthy mental state and for sustained rehabilitation