THE PETEY GREENE PROGRAM IN NEW JERSEY
The Petey Greene Program will be the national leader of quality tutoring and related educational services to support incarcerated students in achieving their academic goals. The Petey Greene volunteer experience will inspire our alumni to advocate and take on leadership roles that will re-imagine the criminal justice system. We envision a world in which all incarcerated people have access to high quality academic programs.
The Petey Greene Program supplements education in correctional institutions by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people.
The Petey Greene Program has been active in New Jersey since 2008. We recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to serve as academic tutors at 8 different correctional facilities in the area, primarily recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from Montclair University, Princeton University, Rider University, Rowan University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Stockton University, and The College of New Jersey. This page is intended for potential tutors who are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities and, if appropriate, applying to participate in them.
Our volunteers serve as academic tutors, working one-on-one or in small groups with incarcerated students in correctional facilities in order to support their academic achievement. We primarily support students enrolled in high school classes or in high school equivalency TASC programs (formerly known as the GED).
The volunteer opportunity is a weekly commitment, with tutoring sessions typically lasting 3-4 hours including transportation time. Consistency is crucial for our students' academic success and is something that sets us apart from other volunteering programs. As such, volunteers are required to tutor weekly throughout the academic semester, with the exception of academic breaks and exam periods.
All volunteers are required to complete a 5 hour training run by Petey Greene program staff. The new volunteer must also complete the necessary facility clearance paperwork and attend a facility orientation. We will also host events and follow-up trainings that we will ask you to tend.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available within our program in New Jersey. They involve different correctional facilities and educational programs. All of the educational programs are run by the New Jersey Department of Education within the Department of Corrections.
As shown above, we work in eight correctional facilities in New Jersey. These facilities are all state facilities operated by the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
correctional facilities and universities
Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility - Princeton University and Rider University
A.C. Wagner is an all-male mixed security facility. At A.C. Wagner our volunteers typically tutor one-on-one with the incarcerated students who are pulled out of the classroom into the hallway to work with our volunteers. Tutors can volunteer Monday - Friday, either 7:20 am - 10:30 am or 12:20-3:30 pm.
Garden State Youth Correctional Facility - Princeton University and Rider University
Garden State is an all-male mixed security facility. At Garden State our volunteers typically tutor one-on-one in the classroom during class time. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Friday either 7:20 am - 10:30 am or 12:20-3:30 pm.
Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women - Rutgers University
Edna Mahan is the state’s only female facility. At Edna Mahan our volunteers typically tutor one-on-one inside the classroom during class time. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Friday 8:00-10:30 am, or 12:30-2:30 pm.
Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility - Rutgers University
Mountainview is an all-male low-medium/minimum security facility. At Mountainview our volunteers typically tutor one-on-one inside the classroom during class time. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Friday 7:30-9:30 am, 9:00-10:30 am, 12:00-1:30 pm, or 1:00-2:30 pm. There are also evening tutoring opportunities on an as-need basis.
Northern State Prison - Montclair State University and Seton Hall University
Northern State is an all-male mixed security facility. At Northern State our volunteers tutor one-on-one in a study hall environment after the students have finished their classes for the day. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Friday from 2:30-5:30 pm.
Jones Farm Correctional Facility - The College of New Jersey
Jones Farm is an all-male minimum security facility. The volunteers at Jones Farm tutor one-on-one in the classroom during class time. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Friday 8:15-10:15 am or 12:15-2:30 pm.
South Woods State Prison - Rowan University
South Woods is an all-male mixed security facility. The volunteers at South Woods tutor one-on-one inside the classroom during class time. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Thursday from 10:30-12:30 pm or 2:30-4:45 pm.
Southern State Prison - Stockton University
Southern State is an all-male mixed security facility. The volunteers at Southern State tutor one-on-one inside the classroom during class time. Tutors can volunteer Monday- Friday from 7:15-11:15 am or 11:15-3:15 pm.
All Petey Greene volunteers must be 18 years or older. They must be able to supply and bring with them each week a government issued ID (passport, state ID or driver’s licence).
Thank you for reading this far and for your interest in tutoring with the Petey Greene Program. Our application consists of an online form which is at the bottom of this page. We will then select applicants for an in-person interview, before making our final decision.
- Because of the sensitive nature of the work we do, we want to be sure we provide all of our applicants in advance as much information as possible, so that they can make an informed decision to participate. Please go through the following items below before applying:
- The process of becoming a tutor is selective. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for education and a commitment to social justice and who will be able to deal with the challenges of working within a correctional facility and who will be able to develop their skills and adapt to unexpected circumstances throughout their time with us.
- All tutoring is done on a volunteer basis and no tutors are paid by the Petey Greene Program for their work. If you are looking for a community service opportunity for student aid, the Petey Greene program welcomes your application.
- All tutors will be required to pass a background check to enter the correctional facilities to tutor students. The Petey Greene Program does not control the background verification process and cannot guarantee that you’ll be approved, or how quickly you'll be approved (clearance time ranges from 1 to 3 months).
- The Petey Greene Program expects that you will honor your commitment to tutoring and attend a tutoring session once a week through the academic semester, excluding exam periods and academic breaks. Attendance will be taken. If you feel that your schedule might prevent you from honoring your commitment, you may want to consider applying at another time.
- We will reimburse transportation to and from the correctional facilities by car.
The Petey Greene Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, status as a U.S. veteran or criminal record.