Kairos Torch offers unconditional love and acceptance, encouraging male and female incarcerated youth age 25 and under to share their life journey through participation in a long-term mentoring process.
The mission of the 2½-day Introductory Weekend is to encourage the participants to remove their masks, so that the real person can shine forth—rather than who they pretend to be. Kairos Torch creates a safe place for the youthful offender to realize their God given potential in a Christian setting that encourages the sharing of their life’s journey, and moves them towards making better choices for their lives. Sadly for some, this is the first time in their lives that they have freely received compassion and love.
The Weekend is followed by a continuing ministry that includes six months of weekly one-to-one mentoring of the youth by Kairos volunteers and monthly group Reunions. The mentors begin each session with a Bible verse, and use a structured guide as a springboard to discuss topics such as self-esteem, anger management, parental relationships, short and long-term goal setting, and forgiveness. The impact and benefit of the program is that the participants attain a renewed sense of themselves, build self-esteem, begin to make constructive life choices and establish positive relationships and community—all of which result in hope for the future and a chance to break the cycle of crime.
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