12 mai 2010

MILLION GIFT HAS SUPPORTED RELEVANT ISSUES FACING OMAHA COMMUNITY The University of Nebraska-Omaha issued the following news rel

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The University of Nebraska-Omaha issued the following news release:

A $1 million donation by Minneapolis resident and Omaha native John Morgan to the silver necklaces of Nebraska Foundation has funded a new re-entry initiative at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to address community needs, including inmates in the Nebraska prison system.

The re-entry program, known formally as the Transformation Project, is housed in the UNO College of Arts and Sciences and is administered in collaboration with the following groups: the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service; the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation; and the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Dr. Manning Marable, a leading Malcolm X expert and professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, serves as a consultant to the Transformation Project.

As part of the project, the life of Malcolm X is studied and taught. Malcolm X strongly believed in education, commitment to purpose and self-transformation, and personal growth as the method for rising above one's circumstances. The project helps inmates explore beliefs, attitudes and actions silver pendants are central to successful re-entry by using the practices of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral theory. The Transformation Project uses examples and experiences of Malcolm X to help inmates determine their core values and identify choices and actions that support those values as a means to successfully re-enter communities.

The project's inaugural session lasted July through December of last year, with 21 inmates completing the program at the Omaha Correctional Center, 2323 Ave. J. Classes were held weekly and lasted about 90 minutes. Topics included education, employment, housing, positive social networks, and mental and physical health.

A new session began April 20 at the Omaha Correctional Center, and will wrap up this summer. Later this year a third session begins at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

A future site for the project will likely be in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A presentation on the Transformation Project will also be given at an American Correctional Association national meeting in August.

Chris Rodgers, a member of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners silver rings 2004 and a senior community services associate at UNO, leads the Transformation Project. Rodgers earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in business administration from Creighton University. He also received a master's degree in public administration from UNO.

UNO students and faculty have been responsible for creating, administering and evaluating a model for self-transformation that can be used in prisons or by anyone wishing to make significant life changes. Information has been collected from local, regional and national experts.

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