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“I LEARNED THERE ARE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THESE BARBED WIRES WHO REALLY DO CARE, DESPITE OF WHAT WE ARE MADE OUT TO BE.”

LOCATION & CONTACT Patuxent Institution is located at: 7555 WATERLOO ROAD (ROUTE 175) JESSUP, MARYLAND 20794

NEXT STEPS

AT PATUXENT INSTITUTION “Some people do change, and want better for themselves...”

Artwork from inmates at Patuxent Institution participating in the Next Steps program

The Institution is easily accessible from I-95 or Route 1, in the Baltimore/DC corridor.

“FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE THE TIME OUT OF THEIR PERSONAL LIFE, TO COME INSIDE THESE PRISON WALLS.. TO TEACH US AND HELP US BETTER OURSELVES... IT REALLY MEANS A LOT TO ME AND OTHER INMATES. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DESPISE INMATES. WHAT THEY FAIL TO REALIZE IS WE ARE HUMAN.”

For more information, please contact

patuxentnextsteps@gmail.com or call

410.799.3400 x4203 http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/locations/pat.shtml


ABOUT NEXT STEPS

NEXT STEPS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

You will be teaching  6-12 of Patuxent’s best — offenders that are abiding by institutional policies and procedures and actively attending their counseling sessions while incarcerated.

The mission of Patuxent Institution is to provide specialized treatment services to eligible offenders in a safe and secure facility in order to enhance public safety in Maryland. The Next Steps program helps to bring this mission to life. This program consists of volunteers, with varying skill sets, who commit to teach the participating youth offenders valuable skills to help prepare them for life outside the institution.

There are dozens of ways you can make a difference in these people’s lives. The program seeks volunteers to share their experience in the any of the following areas: • Leadership Skills • Success Stories • Visual Arts • Dance • Crafts • Motivational Speaking • Writing Effective Resumes • College Subjects or Courses • Music Classes: Guitar & Reading Music • Applying for Internships • Financial Aid Process • Creative Writing • Public Speaking • Personal Training • Computer Training

The project goals are to: • Create connections between people inside and outside of prison, as a means to promote non-criminal identities and personal expression. • Improve the lives of inmates, and help to reduce recidivism.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER

You can contribute in the following ways: • Be a one-time guest speaker. • Or, work with onsite social workers to create multiple classes or presentations.

SIGN UP & PARTICIPATE If you are interested in sharing your talents as a volunteer, please contact us by filling out this form online: http://bit.ly/nextstepspatuxent


Next Steps @ Patuxent Institution