The Petey Greene Program has been active since in Washington D.C. since the Spring of 2015. We recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers to serve as academic tutors at seven different correctional facilities in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, and primarily recruit undergraduate students from The George Washington University, Howard University, and University of Maryland campuses.

The vision for the D.C. Petey Greene Program is to have an extensive network of engaged, passionate, competent volunteer tutors from universities and communities in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area to tutor throughout southern Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. 


Our volunteers serve as academic tutors, working one-on-one or in small groups with students in correctional facilities in order to support their academic achievement. We primarily support students working to obtain their GED. Students in facilities receive formal academic instruction from teachers, and our tutors support their work by providing individualized attention during study halls and class periods.

Volunteer commitment

Being a Petey Greene volunteer is a weekly commitment, with tutoring sessions typically lasting 2 hours, and transportation taking between 1-2 hours round trip. Consistency is crucial for our students' success, and as such our tutors are expected to attend every week of the session with the exception of exam periods, holidays, and school breaks. Our tutoring sessions follow the academic calendars of our partner schools. Fall sessions generally start in early September and end in early December, and spring sessions generally start in late January and end in late April. Tutoring start and end dates are dependent on the schedules of both the universities and our partner facilities. Petey Greene tutors carpool with other tutors working in the same session in order to get to their assigned facilities. Our partner facilities are not accessible via public transportation. Tutors obtain a car through a car sharing service (Zipcar, Car2Go, etc.), by having a group member rent-a-car or using a tutor’s personal vehicle. The Petey Greene Program reimburses all costs of car sharing and gas to volunteers.


There are several volunteer opportunities in the D.C. area. We currently serve at five facilities in Maryland, one facility in D.C., and one facility in Virginia, and have morning, afternoon, and evening tutoring times available. Our tutors are recruited from existing campus programs at The George Washington University, Howard University, and University of Maryland as well as from communities in the D.C. area. All tutors are required to be over the age of 18, and must provide the facility where they tutor with a social security number and government-issued ID (either a driver's license or passport). International students are encouraged to apply and are able to use international passports for clearance purposes. All volunteers must be in the process of completing a bachelor's degree, or have completed their bachelor's degree.


The following interactive map and chart provide further information about where the facilities we work in are located, as well more detail about the facilities themselves and the tutoring programs that exist at each facility.

Facility Available Tutoring Times Age of the Students Gender of the Students
Maryland Correctional Institution for Women Mondays 3-5PM
Tuesdays 3-5PM
Wednesdays 3-5PM
Thursdays 3-5PM
18+ Female
Jennifer Road Detention Center Tuesdays 9-11 AM
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30PM
Thursdays 6:30-8:30PM
18+ Male
Howard County Detention Center Mondays 10:45AM-12:45PM
Wednesdays 10:45AM-12:45PM, 3:15-5:15PM
Thursdays 3:15-5:15PM
18+ Mixed
Prince George's County Correctional Facility Various times between 9 AM and 5 PM 18+ Mixed
Montgomery County Correctional Center Various times between 9 AM and 5 PM 18+ Mixed
Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home Saturdays 9-11AM
**Volunteers must be 21+
13-18 Mixed
DC Jail Fridays 10 AM-12 PM
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30PM
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 PM
18+ Male

Maryland Correctional Institution for Women

Students involved with the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women educational program attend classes in math and English in the mornings. Our sessions each afternoon are study halls where students who need extra support can work one on one with tutors. Students who are in need of tutoring or who are preparing to take a section of the GED test for an upcoming exam are selected by teachers, and the same students come each week until they either a) pass their exam or b) no longer need our assistance. This means that our tutors can work for several weeks with the same students. All of the students who come to tutoring elect to do so on their own. 

Jennifer Road Detention Center

Students in the Jennifer Road Detention Center education program attend classes and study halls in the evenings, and our tutors work in those sessions. Social studies and writing are taught on on Wednesdays, and math is taught on Thursdays. The sessions are led by volunteer teachers who guide our tutors on which students to work with and what they should focus on. Volunteers teachers are present throughout the session and collaborate with volunteers to achieve successful tutoring sessions.

Howard County Detention Center

Students in the Howard County Detention Center education program attend classes for three hours in the mornings with teachers to prepare for their GED. Our morning tutors support the teacher by taking individual students or small groups out of the classroom to work on materials provided by the teacher on all of the GED subjects. Afternoon sessions are individualized study halls; students are identified as needing extra support and have the option to be paired with a tutor. There is a professional who tutors during this time and who guides our tutors on what they can be working on with students.

Prince George's County Correctional Center

Students in the Prince George's County Correctional Center attend classes during the week to prepare them to take the GED exam. Students are evaluated by teachers as needing extra support and referred to our program for tutoring. Tutoring happens in study halls with the same students returning each session until their pass their exam.

Montgomery County Correctional Center

Students in the Montgomery County Correctional Center education program attend classes each morning to prepare to take their GED. They apply to participate in the program, and are subject to a strict attendance policy, making the education program rather rigorous. Students can request to attend tutoring or are referred by teachers, and tutors lead daily study halls with those students. Tutors often work with the same student each week until they pass their exam.

Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home

Students at the NOVA DJH are between the ages of 13 and 18 and are enrolled in high school classes from 8AM to 3PM each day. Students needing extra support, particularly in math, are given the option to participate in tutoring, and attend 1 on 1 sessions with their tutors each weekend. Tutors often work with the same student until they leave the facility or no longer need assistance. Volunteers must be 21 to volunteer at this facility.

DC Jail

Students at the DC Jail are either studying to earn their GED or enrolled in a variety of classes for college credit. On Fridays, Petey Greene tutors work in a housing unit inside the Central Detention Facility one-on-one or in groups with any students who want tutoring. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Petey Greene tutors work in the Central Treatment Facility conducting tutoring sessions in a study hall format.


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).


Our online application can be found here.

For tutoring during the Spring semester:

In November and December, if your application is selected, you will be contacted for a brief interview.

For tutoring during the Fall and/or Summer semester:

In April, if your application is selected, you will be contacted for a brief interview. Tutors are only eligible to volunteer over the Summer if they are a returning tutor or will be continuing their tutoring throughout the Fall.

Once the applicants have been interviewed, they will be required to attend a 5 hour tutor training that will help prepare the volunteer for tutoring inside a prison. After training, volunteers complete the clearance process, attend a facility orientation (if applicable) and then start tutoring! Throughout the semester, we will advertise events, follow-up trainings and debriefs that will help our volunteers continue to grow and learn more about the criminal justice system throughout their volunteer experience with the Petey Greene Program. If you have any questions about upcoming events, the application process, or anything else, please contact us!