In New Jersey, we’re committed to maintaining and improving our existing programs and continuing to cultivate new relationships with universities, colleges, and correctional facilities. The Petey Greene programs at Princeton, Rutgers – New Brunswick, Seton Hall, and Rowan and our strategic alliance, with The College of New Jersey’s Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach continue to send hundreds of volunteer tutors into New Jersey correctional facilities each week. In the past year, we have formed a new partnership with Rider University, which will begin sending tutors into a facility in January. We are also working to expand the program to the northern and southern parts of the state by beginning to build partnerships with an additional five universities: Rutgers – Newark, Rutgers – Camden, Drew University, Montclair State University, and Ramapo College, as well as to develop new tutoring programs to support education in halfway-houses and county jails.
This fall, fifteen volunteers from Columbia University, NYU, Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) and Manhattan College began tutoring students in two federal facilities in New York City. In the spring, we are looking forward to beginning a new program with Barnard College and expanding our partnership with MMC. MMC is home to the Bedford Hills College Program at the Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility in Westchester, New York. There, Petey Greene volunteers will work with women in the pre-college program to support them in passing the college entrance exam.
The Petey Greene Program is building new relationships in Philadelphia with the help of enthusiastic students, professors, and staff at universities, colleges and correctional facilities. Potential volunteers are hearing about us at Peirce College, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College. We are working on recruiting and training new tutors, who will begin working in the education programs at the Philadelphia Prison System (the city’s system of county jails) during the spring semester.
In Boston, the Petey Greene Program is partnering with Boston University to support the Boston University Prison Education Program, a college-in-prison program that is offered in three Massachusetts prisons. Starting in January, we will provide volunteer tutors who will serve as TAs for specific college courses and will coordinate study halls for the students in the college program. Tutors for this program will come from Boston University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
It’s only fitting that we’re starting programs in Washington, DC – it’s where Petey Greene was incarcerated and where, after he was released, he became an iconic voice of the city. His TV show was even called Petey Greene’s Washington! For the first time, when we approach older people about the program, they remember hearing Greene on the radio when they were growing up. Here in DC, we’ve begun a strong partnership with Howard University, and look forward to having Howard students start as Petey Greene tutors at the beginning of the spring semester. We’re also looking into a partnership with Georgetown University’s Prison Outreach.
The Petey Greene Program has helped to establish tutoring programs that send volunteers from the University of Connecticut and Eastern State Connecticut University to a local state prison. We’re currently working to formalize our partnerships and improve the program’s structure at these schools. In North Carolina, we are partnering with the Alexander Literary Organization, a student group, to develop a Petey Greene Program at Wake Forest University.