Friday, November 7, 2014

TEEM Reentry Model Excerpt

TEEM has an effective reentry program model. Here is an excerpt from its November 2014 newsletter. 

Understanding TEEM's Service Model:
Evidence Based Reentry Curriculum

(left to right, Instructor Aaron Cosar and Instructor/Job Placement Coordinator Becca Barsetti)

TEEM holistically prepares participants for self-sufficiency by offering various courses. With a curriculum that includes over 14 classes, TEEM aims to remove various barriers of incarceration as participants transition back into the community.

Common reentry obstacles facing incarcerated individuals include access to employment, life skills, education and basic resources and needs. TEEM aims to offset these barriers by offering a wide variety of services. Participants have the option to obtain their GED at TEEM. Students enrolled in TEEM’s GED course receive instruction in all six subjects required for the test: Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, Math and Written Easy.

Because 95 percent of TEEM’s participants are parents, an interactive parenting curriculum specifically designed for men with children, known as On My Shoulders is available in-house. Another highly populated course offered at TEEM is the Oklahoma Health and Health Administration Training Program. This course provides training for workers and employers of the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces.

TEEM will continue to expand current curriculum through a new venture with the University of Central Oklahoma. University students will participate in a semester long project to develop curriculum based on the evolving needs of participants.     

Other November newsletter articles:     
"TEEM Welcomes Participants Home for the Holidays" discusses upcoming holiday fellowship and activities sponsored by Tapstone Energy and TriCorp Security.  
"TEEM Partners with University of Oklahoma for New Volunteer Project"

"Message from Director [Kris] Steele: Everyone Deserves a Second Chance" 

Read more about the TEEM model at

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