THE PETEY GREENE PROGRAM IN NEW JERSEY
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, 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 attend.
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 incarcerated students one-on-one, who are pulled out of the classrooms into the hallway. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Friday, either 8:00-9:50 am or 1:00-2:50 pm, as well as Friday 5:00-8:00 pm for a college course. These times do not include transportation time.
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 8:00-9:50 am or 1:00-2:50 pm, as well as Friday 5:00-8:00 pm for a college course. These times do not include transportation time.
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 Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-10:30 am, or 12:30-2:30 pm. These times do not include transportation time.
Middlesex county adult correctional center - Rutgers University
Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center is classified as a medium-custody facility that houses both men and women. It is used by multiple jurisdictions for individuals who have short state sentences, (usually less than one year) probation violators, and those awaiting trial, sentencing or other court appearances). At Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center, our volunteers typically tutor students one-on-one in the professional visiting area. Tutors can volunteer Monday or Friday’s at either 9:00-10:00 AM or 12:00-1:00 PM, as well as Thursday’s 2:30-3:30 PM. These times do not include transportation time.
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-Thursday 9:30-10:30 am, 12:30-1:30 pm, or 1:30-2:30 pm. There are also limited spots for Spanish-speaking tutors on Monday-Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm. These times do not include transportation time.
Northern State Prison - Montclair State University
Northern State is an all-male mixed security facility. At Northern State our volunteers tutor one-on-one in the law library after students have finished classes for the day. Tutors can volunteer Monday-Thursday from 3:00-5:00 pm. These times do not include transportation time.
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 8:30-10:30 am or 12:30-2:30 pm. These times do not include transportation time.
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-Friday from 11:45 am-2:30 pm, or Monday-Thursday 2:45-4:45 pm. These times do not include transportation time.
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 8:30-10:30 am. These times do not include transportation time.
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 license).
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, 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.