The Petey Greene Program has been active in Philadelphia since the Spring of 2015. We recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to serve as academic tutors at four different correctional facilities in the area. Our tutors are primarily undergraduate students from Haverford College, Swarthmore College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania, but we also welcome volunteers from the broader Philadelphia community. 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 order to support their academic achievement. We work with students on literacy and English as a Second Language, while also supporting students who are seeking their high school equivalency (formerly known as the GED) or high school diploma. The Philadelphia program also pairs a very limited number of volunteer Teaching Assistants with Inside-Out courses.

Volunteer commitment

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 (preferably for two consecutive semesters). We do not expect volunteers to attend tutoring during academic breaks or exam periods.

Before beginning tutoring, 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 also host events and follow-up trainings that we will ask you to tend.


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).



The following interactive map and chart provide further information on the location of the facilities, as well as further details on the facilities themselves and the tutoring programs that exist at each.

Facility Available Tutoring Times*
Volunteer Requirements Age of Students Gender of Students
FDC M, W, or Th
8-9:30 AM
SSN, 21+, Spanish-speaking encouraged 18+ Female
CCCF** M or Th
4-6 PM
SSN, 18+,
drug test
18+ Male &
PDP M, T, W, Th, or F
9-11:30 AM or 1-3:30 PM
SSN, 18+ 18+ Male &
SCI Chester M, W, Th, or F
9-10:30 AM
SSN, 18+, Spanish-speaking encouraged 18+ Male

*These timeslots only reflect tutoring time and do NOT include transportation time.

** CCCF tutors make a one-year commitment starting in the fall. Tutors can not start at CCCF in the spring.

Federal Detention Center, Philadelphia (FDC)

700 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday: 8-9:30 AM

The FDC is a federal facility run by the Federal Bureaus of Prisons and located in downtown Philadelphia. There are both male and female adults incarcerated at the FDC but Petey Greene tutors work primarily with the female population who are serving their sentence at the FDC (most of the men are pre-trial). We support the female students in Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and English or Spanish GED material. Tutors work with students one-on-one or in small groups during the regular class time. The FDC is easily accessible by public transportation (SEPTA). Volunteers must be at least 21 and have a Social Security Number.

Camden county correctional facility (cccf)

330 Federal St, Camden, NJ

Monday or Thursday: 4-6 PM

The Camden County Correctional Facility serves as the Camden County Jail, incarcerating approximately 1,000 individuals of all security levels. The population is typically 10% female and 90% male. The average stay at CCCF is 30 days but GED classes are reserved for those who are serving a county sentence, which is between 90 and 364 days. We work with students one-on-one or in small groups during the regular class time. Tutors travel to CCCF by personal vehicle or Zip Car (both reimbursed), or by being placed in a carpool. Volunteers must have a Social Security Number and be willing/able to pass a drug test. CCCF tutors make a one-year commitment starting in the fall. Tutors can not start at CCCF in the spring.

Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP)

7901 State Rd, Philadelphia, PA

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday
9-11:30 AM or 1-3:30 PM

PDP operates as the Philadelphia County jail and consists of five facilities located on a campus in Northeast Philadelphia. We serve men and women at all five facilities - Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF), Detention Center (DC), Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF), Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC), and Alternative and Special Detention (ASD). Our tutors support students through in-class tutoring in all subjects, ranging in difficulty from below a 5th grade level to GED preparation. We work with students one-on-one or in small groups during the regular class time.  PDP is easily accessible by public transportation (SEPTA) or personal vehicle. Volunteers must have a Social Security Number and attend two all-day Saturday orientation sessions.


500 E 4th St, Chester, PA

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday: 9-11 AM

SCI Chester is a medium-security prison run by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), incarcerating 1,200± men with short-term sentences. Our tutors serve in a study hall setting, supporting students in basic literacy or English as a Second Language (ESL). Tutors travel to SCI Chester by personal vehicle or Zip Car (both reimbursed), or by being placed in a carpool.  Volunteers must have a Social Security Number.


  1. Submit a volunteer application (see link at the bottom of this page).

  2. In order to finalize your application, you will need to complete an availability form. This will be emailed to applicants at different times depending on the date the application is submitted.

  3. Attend a volunteer interview. There are typically several options scheduled at various locations, towards the beginning and/or end of the semester.

  4. If you're a good fit for Petey Greene tutoring and we find a timeslot that works for you, it's time to get started on clearances and trainings. All new tutors are required to complete the following:

    • Petey Greene New Tutor training

    • Prison clearances/paperwork (depends on the facility where you're placed)

    • Prison orientation (also depends on the facility)

  5. Once you're cleared and trained, it's time to start tutoring!


  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. Please note, priority placement will be given to volunteers who are able to commit to tutoring for both the fall and spring.

  4. We will reimburse transportation to and from the correctional facilities by public transit, personal vehicle, or ZipCar.

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.

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