Nov. 9, 2022

Mentorship Program

From The Sound Mind by Floyd Smith (author's profile)


CDCR Mentorship Program

(an LGBTQIA+ Perspective):

"Those who have made
the most mistakes,
often evolve into
the greatest of mentors,"


For many years, LGBTQIA+
incarcerated Americans have
contrived our culture if
mentorship of queer Youth,
and affirming development
of our Elders.

From Queen of the House,
to Yard Mamas, and other
esteemed titles that are
both earned and gifted
Respectfully, have been
maintained amazingly in
environments that view it,
with distain, by prison guards,
inmates, and proselytizing Prison

With little to zero support from
program writers, many LGBTQIA+
inmates have formed autonomous
micro-unity groups that focus
on the Arts, Sociology, Wellness,
and Rehabilitation, state wide.

Today, we see CDCR
allocating programs and
resources towards inmate
to youthful offender mentorship,
and while the concept is
both amazing and well
overdue, the complexity of
LGBTQIA+ mentorship remains
an invisible "ostridge phenomenon".


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EndSolitaryConfinement Posted 1 week, 6 days ago.   Favorite
Dear FLoyd,

Thanks for writing! I worked on the transcription for your post, and really enjoy your writing.


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