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Men of Rafiki

A re-entry program celebrating the culture and strengths of African American men

VOA-MN's Amicus services has re-introduced a much-loved and effective re-entry program called Men of Rafiki.


Men of Rafiki is a culturally specific re-entry initiative that Amicus ran from 1997 through 2009 and re-introduced with support from the MN Department of Corrections in 2015. “Rafiki" is Swahili for "friend." The program combines a proven curriculum designed to help people transition from prison to community with activities and readings which celebrate African American culture and identity.

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LocationS

  • Minnesota Correctional Facility Lino Lakes
  • MCF Stillwater
  • MCF Faribault

Hours

13-week pre-release class curriculum within correctional facility
​Weekly support group, post-release

Participants

Inmates transitioning from prison to community

Fees

The program is funded through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and is free to participants

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How we help



The program serves up to 90 men in three Minnesota State Correctional Facilities each year and continue providing support to them as they leave incarceration and build a new life on the outside. Amicus will support those being released to the seven-county metro area and is partnering with Damascus Way to work with men released to the Rochester, MN area.

Men of Rafiki actively reaches out to African American community leaders to help guide its development and provide positive contacts for its participants.

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For more information, contact Earl Miller - Men of Rafiki Coordinator
Phone: 612-277-3010
earl.miller@voamn.org