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Mission & History

Who We Are

Mission

" We are a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving families and communities impacted by incarceration, poverty, academic and economic barriers by providing educational programs, self-help, reentry support, housing and youth violence prevention services." 

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We have been a vital part of our community for a number of years. We were founded to serve a growing segment of our community in need of inaccessible services. We have continued to grow with the help of our donors and volunteers that make our mission possible. Through all these years our purpose still remains the same: bring services to those in need.

From facilitating rehabilitation programs at a California State Prison to Leadership within the community.

History of Timelist

Timeless, (once upon a time) was a group without a name. Originally, several prisoners serving life terms at Avenal State Prison came together to create a support base for inmates like themselves.  The objective was to brainstorm on strategies that they could learn and use towards obtaining freedom through the parole board and/or the judicial process. This committed group would meet every Sunday on the recreation facility on the bleachers until word spread as their numbers began to grow. Through sharing case law related to life sentences and discussing self-help methods the group continued to come together and a few even gained their freedom. In 2007, the group decided to approach prison administrators with a proposal to establish the group as a legitimate program recognized by prison officials. Led by Yusef-Andre Wiley this is when the group became TIMELESS – A Lifer Support Group. As interest around rehabilitation grew Timeless decided to open its workshops to the entire inmate population and parolees. Timeless is a reminder to the human being that, if you are willing and the ability to think, “it is never too late to change” which became the tag line of our support group circles and courses designed to address the various social and cognitive behavioral problems many incarcerated individuals struggle with.

Did you Know? Our front-line team are made up of the reentry population. 90% of our personnel and volunteers are individuals with lived experience, who are now learning business administrative skills, leadership skills while gaining hands-on training which has proven to produce the best results for ending mass incarceration, crime and reduce recidivism.

The Timelist Group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community based organization who's founding members have lived experience of  incarceration. Our aim is to empower both our youth and adult members of the community and their families with educational tools, resources, positive influences, skills development and leadership training in order to keep them on a path that will guide them to success.

The name TIMELIST? The name originated from individuals serving 'Time and having a desire to offer programs to the inmate population. Correctional staff only allows inmates to participate in self-help programs if their names are on a 'List. The founding members understood this and began visiting each housing unit with a sign-up list. Out of that the theme became: " It's Never Too Late to Change " This is how you now have an organization called: Time-List.

Based in Los Angeles we also have a satellite presence base in the SF Bay Area which focuses primarily on it's in custody population. We have a curriculum designed to support High School age at-risk youth that may or may not be under the supervision of the probation department. We encourage parents, School District Administrators, Juvenile Probation and Detention Centers to reach out to us for our services which we are able to provide on-site and off-site.

 

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