Mercy Corps Northwest’s Lifelong Information for Entrepreneurs (L.I.F.E.) is a business education and life planning course at Oregon’s only women’s correctional facility, Coffee Creek. The course provides women with 32 weeks of training focused on life skills, job skills and business planning while empowering participants to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and leveraging the potential of self-employment to promote self-sufficiency, resilience, and economic stability.
The LIFE Program gives us girls hope for a better life. Now only hope, but the tools and confidence to follow through with our dreams and goals. This program changes lives. It will break the cycle of incarceration and addiction for those of us that take it seriously. This program is helping me have a second chance at life. – L.I.F.E. Graduate, 2018
After 15 successful sessions, we are gearing up to host session 16 in the fall and we need you! Our hope is to expand the program exponentially. With the funds raised from this event, we hope to serve twice the amount of women in 2019, by partnering with other organizations to pilot a curriculum that offers necessary garden education fused with small business planning.
In addition, this event will kick off a fundraising campaign that will ensure L.I.F.E. has the resources it needs to grow programming for incarcerated individuals both inside and outside of prison.
This program changed my future. This program is a launch pad for successful re-entry. It educated me and prepared me with a plan to take control of my future. The resources are phenomenal and I feel valued. I can give back and make my community better, as well as be responsible for myself and my household. I am a member of my community! -L.I.F.E. Graduate, 2018
$20 ticket includes pizza, 1 beer, and trivia. Register to attend below. Trivia will be informative and fun, focusing on Measure 11 and many other topics affecting women who are incarcerated.