The Prison Society’s mentoring program is a voluntary program for men returning to Philadelphia from incarceration. Each year in the Philadelphia region, more than 12,000 individuals return home and a staggering 34% will return to prison within a year. The mentoring program is designed to help ease the transition from incarceration back to communities by providing a helping hand and a social support network.


The program is currently offered 6 months prior to release for men incarcerated in SCI Chester and SCI Phoenix. Eligible mentors cannot have been incarcerated in a Pennsylvania facility within the last twelve (12) months.

Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee(s) on a weekly basis while they are incarcerated and are encouraged to continue meeting according to a self-determined schedule post-release. Mentors provide a listening ear and social support while encouraging individuals to determine their own path forward. The Prison Society will provide ongoing training and support to both mentors and mentees.


If you would like to volunteer as a Mentor, please complete the application.


If you have any questions about becoming a Mentor, please email the Social Services Director.