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.
The juvenile arrest rate for crimes dropped forty one percent according to the Violent Crime Index. However, African American and Latino/a youth receive harsher treatment in the juvenile system than whites. It is to be noted that the African American and Latino/a have a lack of access to mental health treatment in the community. Not only that but also the criminal justice system’s misinterpretation of symptoms of mental illness.
According to a study, “African American youth were four times more likely than whites to be physically restrained after acting in similarly aggressive ways, suggesting that racial stereotypes of blacks motivated the professional judgment to have them restrained.” Thus, demonstrating racism or bias in the mental health system. Which would therefore explain the over diagnosing with schizophrenia and the under diagnosing with bipolar disorder. Since there are no proper diagnoses, there is ineffective treatment.
Even though violent crime is down, the juvenile detention centers are beyond capacity. The youth in the detention centers are there because they are waiting for community mental services that are either overloaded or nonexistent.
Read more about mental health on incarcerated youth of color here
Here at Take Trips MES, we are always available to mentor and help. Click on the contact button and contact us. We will answer the call
Welcome to February!
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Take Trips MES is looking for individuals who are committed to walking the distance with youth of color once they transition from the detention or the incarceration system. Is that individual you? If so, please contact us by sending your resume with a cover letter and be apart of decreasing the recidivism rate of youth of color and increasing their productivity rate as they navigate their way back into society.
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!
READ & LISTEN: Newly Launched Organization for Incarcerated Youth Helping to Heal the Hurt
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.
We're feeling inspired by the work of local artist Nichole Washington, which is currently on view at First Village Coffee in Ossining, NY.
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.
An article about Take Trips MES was published on River Journal, by Wendy Mbekelu — October 25, 2020.
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.
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!