The Petey Greene Program recruits and trains volunteer tutors to work with incarcerated students.

Since 2007, the PGP has built connections between universities and local departments of correction, helping to facilitate meaningful educational programming for incarcerated people.

We provide supplemental educational resources to departments of correction 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.  

PGP 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 to serve as effective tutors through pre-service workshops in which they learn tutoring strategies and engage in critical conversation about the larger social issues they confront in their work as tutors— racism, inequities in education, gender based violence, mass incarceration and more. We support our volunteer tutors through ongoing workshops each semester, in which they come together to make meaning of their experiences through scholarship and reflective dialogue. Our program aims to develop the leadership of both incarcerated students and our volunteer tutors— the experience is transformative for incarcerated students and volunteer tutors alike.

For more information on our program sites, please visit our program-specific pages.


The most incredible part of the program was how it brought me into a world so close to home and yet so foreign. Reflecting now on my last four years at Princeton, I am surprised at the few times I was able to genuinely engage with the deep social problems that exist in our surrounding community. However, through the Petey Greene Program, I learned a tremendous amount in a very short time about the nature of incarceration in New Jersey and about the challenges and opportunities for prison education and re-entry programs.
— Henry Barmeier, Princeton ’10 and a Rhodes Scholar