We recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers, typically undergraduate and graduate students, to tutor in education programs in prisons and jails.
Since 2007, we have built connections between universities and local departments of corrections, helping to facilitate meaningful educational programming for incarcerated men and women.
We provide supplemental educational resources to corrections departments at no charge to their facilities. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers can work one-on-one with students that need extra assistance, allowing teachers to focus on moving the class forward.
Our tutors provide individualized assistance and model helpful study habits. When integrated into existing programs, this supplemental service can significantly improve learning outcomes.
We train our tutors through workshops on adult education, cultural humility, and tutoring skills among other topics. Training is designed to prepare volunteers to be effective tutors as well as to promote dialogue and reflection about the overall tutoring experience. During trainings, our staff facilitates conversations about the challenges of volunteering in a correctional facility, individual privilege - especially in relation to access to education, and our tutors' work within the context of broader criminal justice and public education issues in the United States.
For more information on our program sites, please visit our program-specific pages.