Arouet has one primary program, TOPS. Our main focus in on productive and healthy reentry education. We also manage a scholarship funds for the education of women who have gone through reentry for our partner, Televerde.
The Arouet Foundation’s mission is to provide educational assistance, workforce development, and job opportunities to incarcerated women, as well as ex-offenders, who are sincere about working hard to change their mind-set and to become productive citizens. Our primary program for this development is T.O.P.S.: Transforming Our Possibilities.
The program is designed to facilitate a holistic approach to reintegration with a focus on professional employment and reduction in recidivism.
The purpose of the program is to prepare participants to become personally positive and effective as well as professionally successful. We offer skill building workshops on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Productive People, personal growth, professionalism, resume writing, and interviewing. Additionally, the program offers courses led by community members who offer support and encouragement.
Twice a year, we host over twenty workshops out at Perryville Prison in Goodyear and have an additional twenty workshops there with our volunteer community members. Each Arouet Workshop is hosted three times to accommodate the various locations and schedules of the ladies. Each of the volunteer workshops are hosted twice, one for each side of Perryville Prison.
Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits
Introduction: paradigm shifts
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Welleness & Healthy Living
Building Healthy Relationships
Budgeting and Finance
Resume Writing & Interview Skills
“TOPS has reminded me that life is messy . . . If I remove the emotion from my responses to the mess . . . I just might show up to a different kind of life”
Shawn T, TOPS Graduate