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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 27, 2014 – Inmate communications leader Telmate may be known as a technology provider for prisons and jails, but Telmate’s employees have taken their mission to a new level. The company’s mission is to “Create secure technology that empowers inmates to break the cycle of recidivism while protecting and serving facilities and communities.”
“We truly believe our technology is making a difference in people’s lives, connecting inmates with their loved ones and providing them with positive resources to get out and stay out,” said Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hansen, “but we wanted to do something more to help reduce recidivism at its core.”
The company has been partnering with the Boys and Girls Club for several years with different initiatives to steer kids away from living a life of crime by giving them positive learning resources. This initiative among others is part of the company’s community outreach program also known as “Telmate Cares.”
To date, the company has donated 14 tablets to aid in teaching kids basic arithmetic skills, and has offered training classes to small groups of children ranging from topics like “Basic Coding” to “Branding 101.” Next month, Telmate volunteers will be back to show members of the Boys and Girls Club “How to Use Photography to Tell Stories.”
Executive Director Matt Sorensen said, “The kids really enjoy seeing a familiar face from Telmate every month. They may not have been able to have that consistency growing up so it’s important for us to get dedicated volunteers so that they can establish rapport with them.”
How much of positive impact this continuity has on the members of the Boys and Girls Club remains to be seen, but Hansen believes in the power of giving back and its long term benefits. “It’s nice being able to ‘do our time’ to play a small role in keeping kids from doing time,” Hansen said.
For more information about this initiative, visit www.telmate.com/telmatecares.
ONTARIO—Students at the Western Treasure Valley Boys and Girls Club have a new learning gadgets thanks to a donation of 14 Google Nexus tablets from Telmate…
Thanks to a recent donation of 14 Google Nexus tablets from Telmate, members of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley are waiting in line to do their math homework. The Math Masters initiative, as it is called, is part of Telmate’s community outreach program, and is one of many efforts the company supports to help youth achieve success in school and life.
“Telmate’s technology serves over 70,000 men and women who are incarcerated,” reports Telmate Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hansen. “Due to socioeconomic factors in many of the regions we serve, children often have very limited opportunity and far too often end up in a life of crime,” says Hansen. “We want to break this cycle and empower these children to break away from that path.”
The Math Masters initiative relies on using a program on the tablet known as a “learning platform” called eCarrot. According to eCarrot Founder and CEO Patrick Grimes, eCarrot gives children the incentive and the mechanism for self-improvement by using smart devices.
Club members using eCarrot are challenged with solving age-appropriate math questions. As they get answers correct they collect time that they can then use to play popular games like Angry Birds or Subway Surfer as a reward. The Boys & Girls Club is offering the Math Masters program to sixty, second and fifth grade members to see how best to manage the huge appeal.
Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Matt Sorensen was extremely pleased with the introduction of the tablets. “These tablets are far more popular that we thought they would be,” he says. According to Sorensen, one child that has struggled with behavior issues quickly earned 20 minutes of playtime and was even helping other kids solve their problems. “When you see kids practicing math that wouldn’t do it otherwise, you know this program is doing something right.”