Steps to Success
The Steps to Success program provides inmates from the Taycheedah Correctional Institution with education, support and other case management services. It is a voluntary program designed to assist incarcerated women in making a successful transition back into the community. The program’s case managers serve as the client’s advocate, working with the Division of Community Corrections and other corrections personnel to help participants get on track and start a new life.
All inmates of Taycheedah Correctional Institution can voluntarily participate in the program. Participants must also:
Be planning release to Brown, Outagamie, or Manitowoc Counties
Be released in the next six to nine months
Have at least one year post-release community supervision
Be willing and able to work full-time (or part-time if in school)
Have met the recommended supervision level by the Department of Corrections
Pre-Release Help: Participation in group and individual sessions will start six to nine months prior to release. Weekly groups will discuss information such as criminal and addictive behavior/thinking, general work skills and expectations, job search tools, financial literacy, rental education and community resources.
Post-Release Help: For a minimum of one year after release, Steps to Success case managers work with the client and their community corrections agent to help participants find and keep employment, locate suitable housing and transportation options, and provide connections for education, skills training, and supplies needed to successfully transition back into the community. Case Managers will also assist with:
Employability skills training such as resume writing, job search plans and interview techniques
Interpersonal and social skills training
Setting and obtaining goals
Budgeting and money management
Parenting information and techniques
Counseling, as needed, to assist with addiction issues, anger management, and increasing self-esteem
Steps to Success is funded by the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.