The Redemption Project
December 15, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Sponsor Spotlight - MINNCOR
Sponsor Spotlight: Members will get an informational overview of MINNCOR Industries.
Presenter: Jody Landsberger, Account Manager with MINNCOR Industries will be providing the information during this sponsor spotlight.
Monthly Workshop - The Redemption Project
MCA Members will become familiarized with the Redemption Project during this presentation
The Redemption Project directs it’s resources to lowering the recidivism rate. This is our primary purpose and all that we do is focused on this goal. To date, our Fellows have a 7% recidivism rate. The Redemption Project works.
What we do: The Redemption Project offers a fourteen (14) week class (Virtues for Success) that meets for two (2) hours per week. This class focuses on Aristotelian thought and the four core Virtues: Wisdom, Courage, Self-Control, and Justice. The Redemption Project utilizes the Socratic Method, which involves a shared dialogue between our instructor and the Fellows. The instructor leads by posing thought-provoking questions. Fellows actively engage by asking questions of their own, and the discussion goes back and forth.
In addition, The Redemption Project matches the Fellow with a Mentor who will stay with them for up to a year following the Fellow’s release. This Mentor continues the process of developing the Fellow and serves as a trusted friend throughout.
Finally, we engage with Businesses, provide education related to second chance hiring, and partner with them to ensure that our Fellows are employed within 60 days of release. Often their employment begins much earlier. These businesses have been shown the appropriate way to approach second chance hiring, and when there are issues, the business knows that it can rely on The Redemption Project to get the Fellow back on track.
Dwight Tostenson ~ Chief executive officer, president and co-founder
As Chief Executive Officer, Dwight oversees the strategic direction of the organization with a particular emphasis on the Virtues for Success curriculum. Dwight has been approved by the Bureau of Prisons to serve as a mentor for incarcerated individuals and routinely visits the prisons in which The Redemption Project operates. Dwight has a strong passion for social justice and for providing second chances to former felons. He also brings over 20 years of executive management experience to the organization.
Nate Reisetter ~ Employment Partner DirectorAs the Employment Partner Manager, Nate oversees The Redemption Project’s (TRP) relationships with our Employment Partners through recruiting, education, training, supporting, and retaining employers; and connecting TRP Fellows to those job opportunities. Nate has had significant experience in both for-profit and non-profit work. He has served as a Division Director for First American, as an AMERIcorps VISTA, as the Volunteer Coordinator for Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties, and as the Eastern South Dakota Director of the American Red Cross, in addition, he has held several Board positions for non-profits. Nate was previously incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Minnesota where he graduated from The Redemption Project program at FMC Rochester
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