Jan 2017: Life Beyond Bars Cambodia May 16, 2018 Life Beyond Bars Cambodia Jan 2017 This Life Cambodia are a highlight of the Social Cycles adventure. Based in Siem Reap, TLC have a holistic approach to community development, with a significant emphasis on research and consultancy.Social Cycles teams have donated $1500 since 2016. Our donations are often for unrestricted use. ‘This Life Beyond Bars’ are just one of the many life changing programs offered by TLC. "I feel proud that the This Life Beyond Bars program continues to expand to benefit more and more children. The program is so important for children who are in prison and are looking for us to help. We have the opportunity to help strengthen their strengths, and to help them reflect on and make changes in their lives.” This Life Cambodia in 3 minutes and 14 seconds. Goals This Life Beyond Bars (TLBB) works with young adults in prison who are nearing the end of their sentence. Our goal is to ease their reintegration into their communities by providing vocational and life skills training and strengthening their family connections by facilitating family visits. Due to distance, lack of transportation or money it is not uncommon for family visits to prisons to be a rare occurrence. Background TLBB evolved from conversations with community members about their concerns related to children who were in conflict with the law. These children were generally the poorest and most vulnerable and were being detained for petty offences. Villagers were concerned about the conditions inside prison, including the lack of educational opportunity. Since November 2010, This Life Beyond Bars has worked with 140 young people in Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey Prisons. In November 2016, in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, TLBB was introduced at Phnom Penh’s CC2 prison. What's provided Vocational Training, Life Skills and Personal Development:Motor Mechanics, electronics repair, electrical installation and air-conditioning repair/maintenance skills are in demand and provide viable employment opportunities. Courses are government certified and students receive a certificate at the end of the program. Personal development training focuses on managing stress while in prison, developing goals, building self esteem, and confidence.Family Visits:We provide practical and/or financial support for monthly visits from family members. This is vital not only for the mental and emotional health of the family but helps ease students return to their communities upon release. Case Management: Students work with a dedicated case manager to help them define their goals for life after prison and support their return to their community. Case Managers maintain contact with the students post release for at least six months.Post Release Support: As well as continued case management, we provide assistance in seeking further vocational training or in setting up a small business. Post release support is key in drastically reducing the recidivism rate. Early results When the program began in Siem Reap Prison 60% of juveniles released from prison were reoffending within the first 6 months. The recidivism rate of students who complete the This Life Beyond Bars program and return to their community now sits at only 2% within the first 6 months, and 4% in total. Connect with This Life Cambodia TLC website TLC Facebook Donate Share this story Share on facebook Facebook Share on google Google+ Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on whatsapp WhatsApp More Social Cycles stories Things to do in Tehran, Iran Top things to do in Kampot Cambodia Top things to do in Battambang Cambodia Top things to do in Phnom Penh, Cambodia How to get a tourist visa for Iran Top things to do in Siem Reap Brett Seychell +61 479 108 222 [email protected] Hub, 696 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000 about us How we started Our purpose Your donations Responsible travel Meet the team NGO partners Private adventures Corporate teams Self guided destnations Cambodia Laos Iran Samoa Vietnam Mongolia Colombia connect Name Email Let's stay in touch Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin Youtube responsibletravel recommends Social Cycles Social Cycles Brett Seychell +61 479 108 222 [email protected] Hub, 696 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000 connect Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin Youtube Name Email Let's stay in touch!