Welcome to Take Trips MES
Take Trips MES (Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually), based in Ossining, NY, was established in 2019 to bring awareness to the aftercare struggles of incarcerated youth of color. This population is not receiving real opportunities to excel when they are released from the incarceration system; Take Trips MES wants to change this. We want our youth to be equipped with tools that will allow them to make better decisions, and do the required work to be productive citizens. Our organization is designed to decrease the recidivism rate and increase the productivity rate.
Take Trips MES, will work tirelessly to reduce the recidivism rate of incarcerated and detention youth of color once they are released from the system; to provide them with adequate aftercare services.
Aftercare services are vital for youth of color transitioning back into their communities from the incarceration and detention system. Click the DONATE NOW button to help Take Trips MES facilitate the necessary aftercare work for our youth to heal their hurt!
Interview episode about Take Trips MES's work, mission, and perspective on what changes need to take place in the world of education.
Thanks to Novelle Prep for the great interview.
An article about Take Trips MES was published on River Journal, by Wendy Mbekelu — October 25, 2020.
Take Trips MES has held the first fundraiser on Nov 25th 2020!
THANK YOU one more time to all the wonderful folks who came together this past Wednesday in support of Take Trips MES -- we are so grateful to be in community with you.
Thank you to our amazing speakers, Wavii, Jon-Jon, Joseph Wilson + Renee Davis Wilson, Eldredge Blalock, and the fantastic MC Ikey C! And thank you to our staff and volunteers who made it all happen.
We've raised over 500 dollars but have yet to make our fundraising goal, so please continue to spread the word and the work!
Roy Kane Jr. is set to come aboard as the first mentor for Take Trips MES. He is studying Communications at the University of New Haven. He is passionate about helping youth of color find their place in the world. Roy recognizes that he is where he is today because of his supportive parents. He has a lot of empathy for those who lack such support, which is why he has reached out to Take Trips MES to become a mentor and provide support and encouragement to youth of color transitioning from the detained and incarceration system.
Take Trips MES is forging new connections, as we look into doing a small in-person fundraiser in November. We have a commitment from Tracey Cameron, the owner of K & L Event Studio to provide the venue.
Take Trips MES structures a new adventure with Mr. Green, of MEG Advisors
This week our Founder and CEO Barbara King and Business Manager Anna Adler had the pleasure of connecting with Eric Green, of Meg Advisors, in his West Harlem office! Eric is a certified tax preparer, former DJ/music producer, and has his own personal history of overcoming incarceration. We talked about what aftercare for our youth could and should look like, as well as the possibility of sharing office space, and creating a community hub to connect with youth of color in the neighborhood and beyond.
Life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty tells you your fate as an inmate, but now inmates are worried about Covid-19 another possible death sentence without due process.
Inmate #—— reached out to our organization to ask for help because he has recently tested positive for Covid-19. He is on a zone with 56 other inmates and they have all tested positive with know safety measures in place by the individuals that are in positions of authority.
I empathized with him as he said “I have kids, I don’t want to die in here.” He said he was not given a life sentence by the courts but if they don’t get control of the situation with them passing it back and forth to each other because there are limited masks and no room for social distancing it would be some deaths soon.
When does the rehabilitation process begin? Is this justice?
We have to do better with the prison system.
Click the button below to help provide masks and protect them from being exposed to contamination!
Healing the hurt of detained and incarcerated youth of color once they transition back into society is not an easy task. This population is often in need of clothing, accessories, and other wearable items to maintain their freedom.
These items might be spare to you, but are essential to them obtaining and sustaining employment as they increase their productivity rate in their communities and beyond. The items that you donate will allow them to succeed. The donated items should go to the address listed below. Thank you for your kind generosity!
Please mail or deliver clean and boxed items to 249 Dell Ave, Ossining, NY 10562.
*Take Trips MES is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit organization. EIN number is 85-0840436, we are a tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.