The Petey Greene Program

The Petey Greene Program We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization bringing tutors into prison classrooms to support academic opportunity. http://peteygreene.org The Petey Greene Program envisions a world in which all incarcerated people have access to high-quality academic programs, and all people recognize their stake in supporting education in jails and prisons.
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Founded in 2007, the Petey Greene Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supplements education in jails and prisons, by providing individualized tutoring. We work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to support incarcerated people and build stronger communities.

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Kylinn joined the Petey Greene Program at @montclairstateu in 2018 and and just graduated, having served as the Presid...
07/07/2021

Kylinn joined the Petey Greene Program at @montclairstateu in 2018 and and just graduated, having served as the President of Montclair's PGP leadership team during her senior year.

During the pandemic, she really stepped up her #advocacy by hosting a
"Welcome Home Holiday Drive" via Amazon to collect winter supplies for
those granted early release by New Jersey Senate Bill 2519.

"My experience as a tutor and campus leader with the Petey Greene Program has been influential not only in my academic aspirations but more importantly in my perspective. I will be continuing my education and working towards a Master’s Degree in social research and analysis this fall at Montclair State where I will continue researching the justice system and those impacted by it. I hope to continue tutoring and being a part of Petey Greene for many years to come!"

Con-GRAD-ulations, Kaylinn!

Kylinn joined the Petey Greene Program at @montclairstateu in 2018 and and just graduated, having served as the President of Montclair's PGP leadership team during her senior year.

During the pandemic, she really stepped up her #advocacy by hosting a
"Welcome Home Holiday Drive" via Amazon to collect winter supplies for
those granted early release by New Jersey Senate Bill 2519.

"My experience as a tutor and campus leader with the Petey Greene Program has been influential not only in my academic aspirations but more importantly in my perspective. I will be continuing my education and working towards a Master’s Degree in social research and analysis this fall at Montclair State where I will continue researching the justice system and those impacted by it. I hope to continue tutoring and being a part of Petey Greene for many years to come!"

Con-GRAD-ulations, Kaylinn!

Paul is one of the FOUNDING members of The Petey Greene Program at Swarthmore College. While visiting the Eastern State ...
06/30/2021

Paul is one of the FOUNDING members of The Petey Greene Program at Swarthmore College. While visiting the Eastern State Penitentiary ( @easternstate ) in Philadelphia, the nation's first penitentiary and now a historical site, he and a few new freshman friends saw our brochure in the gift shop. They were already seeking out ways to engage in prison abolition on campus and understood the immense value of supporting incarcerated folks' freedom dreams through education. It was a perfect storm - they reached out to Philly's regional manager, Emma, who was a Swarthmore alum herself, and started the process of formalizing the partnership.


Fast forward four years and Paul leaves his legacy as co-president of The Petey Greene Program and a Mellon Mays undergraduate fellow, among many other accomplishments. A huge shout out to Paul and his fellow campus leadership team at Swarthmore for starting something that will endure far beyond your time on campus and will reach the lives of many tutors and students to come.


Thank you to @thelangcenter for your continuous support of our programming at @swarthmorecollege !

Paul is one of the FOUNDING members of The Petey Greene Program at Swarthmore College. While visiting the Eastern State Penitentiary ( @easternstate ) in Philadelphia, the nation's first penitentiary and now a historical site, he and a few new freshman friends saw our brochure in the gift shop. They were already seeking out ways to engage in prison abolition on campus and understood the immense value of supporting incarcerated folks' freedom dreams through education. It was a perfect storm - they reached out to Philly's regional manager, Emma, who was a Swarthmore alum herself, and started the process of formalizing the partnership.


Fast forward four years and Paul leaves his legacy as co-president of The Petey Greene Program and a Mellon Mays undergraduate fellow, among many other accomplishments. A huge shout out to Paul and his fellow campus leadership team at Swarthmore for starting something that will endure far beyond your time on campus and will reach the lives of many tutors and students to come.


Thank you to @thelangcenter for your continuous support of our programming at @swarthmorecollege !

Lynne has worked with the Petey Greene Program Massachusetts (PGP MA) since 2018. She brings compassion, ambition, and i...
06/24/2021

Lynne has worked with the Petey Greene Program Massachusetts (PGP MA) since 2018. She brings compassion, ambition, and innovation to our team. We are extremely grateful to work alongside her and are privileged to join her in celebrating her accomplishments. We congratulate Lynne for earning her master's degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University while single-handedly running the PGP MA program and caring for her family. She truly is our PGP superwoman!

"Thank you to all the amazing people who have supported me throughout this chapter of my life. Each and every one of you has given me the courage to take on this challenge. Now as a graduate of criminal justice, I am excited to take all that I have learned and my life experiences to the next level."

Can we make some serious noise for Lynn in the comments? A little encouragement (even on social media) goes a long way!

Congratulations, Lynne, from your Greene team! #PGPproud #graduation #peteygreeneprogram

Lynne has worked with the Petey Greene Program Massachusetts (PGP MA) since 2018. She brings compassion, ambition, and innovation to our team. We are extremely grateful to work alongside her and are privileged to join her in celebrating her accomplishments. We congratulate Lynne for earning her master's degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University while single-handedly running the PGP MA program and caring for her family. She truly is our PGP superwoman!

"Thank you to all the amazing people who have supported me throughout this chapter of my life. Each and every one of you has given me the courage to take on this challenge. Now as a graduate of criminal justice, I am excited to take all that I have learned and my life experiences to the next level."

Can we make some serious noise for Lynn in the comments? A little encouragement (even on social media) goes a long way!

Congratulations, Lynne, from your Greene team! #PGPproud #graduation #peteygreeneprogram

According to Kayla..."Getting involved in the Petey Greene Program was one of the most influential experiences of m...
06/11/2021

According to Kayla...

"Getting involved in the Petey Greene Program was one of the most influential experiences of my undergraduate career at the University of Maryland. In my experience, being a PGP tutor is about academics, but it is also equally about building relationships with students and using strengths-based approaches to effectively support goals. I love being able to show students that someone they don’t know can care about them and show up to support them.

From working closely with Norma (PGP DC Regional Manager) as the UMD Chapter President, developing webinar
questions for PGP's Justice Education Series, and organizing events with
the Goucher Prison Education Partnership, I have learned and grown so much through my experiences with PGP.

This summer, I am excited to continue virtually tutoring with PGP and to begin my internship with the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings Youth Development Center. My PGP experienced truly changed the trajectory of my life, and I know I will continue supporting system impacted people however I can!"

Congratulations, Kayla, from the Greene team! #PGPproud #graduation #peteygreeneprogram

According to Kayla...

"Getting involved in the Petey Greene Program was one of the most influential experiences of my undergraduate career at the University of Maryland. In my experience, being a PGP tutor is about academics, but it is also equally about building relationships with students and using strengths-based approaches to effectively support goals. I love being able to show students that someone they don’t know can care about them and show up to support them.

From working closely with Norma (PGP DC Regional Manager) as the UMD Chapter President, developing webinar
questions for PGP's Justice Education Series, and organizing events with
the Goucher Prison Education Partnership, I have learned and grown so much through my experiences with PGP.

This summer, I am excited to continue virtually tutoring with PGP and to begin my internship with the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings Youth Development Center. My PGP experienced truly changed the trajectory of my life, and I know I will continue supporting system impacted people however I can!"

Congratulations, Kayla, from the Greene team! #PGPproud #graduation #peteygreeneprogram

A few meaningful words from graduating tutor, Alex:"Working directly with people who are incarcerated has taught me so...
06/10/2021

A few meaningful words from graduating tutor, Alex:

"Working directly with people who are incarcerated has taught me so much and has really demonstrated the value of education - both for incarcerated
people and for people without direct experience to learn about some of the unique challenges of the US criminal legal system.

Next year I will be working as a court liaison at Exalt, supporting educational and work experience opportunities for young people with criminal justice involvement. In a few years, I will be going to law school and work for the public defender continuing Public Interest Network."

CONGRATULATIONS, ALEX! Your Greene team is so proud of your accomplishments.

#graduationseason #pgpproud #peteygreeneprogram

A few meaningful words from graduating tutor, Alex:

"Working directly with people who are incarcerated has taught me so much and has really demonstrated the value of education - both for incarcerated
people and for people without direct experience to learn about some of the unique challenges of the US criminal legal system.

Next year I will be working as a court liaison at Exalt, supporting educational and work experience opportunities for young people with criminal justice involvement. In a few years, I will be going to law school and work for the public defender continuing Public Interest Network."

CONGRATULATIONS, ALEX! Your Greene team is so proud of your accomplishments.

#graduationseason #pgpproud #peteygreeneprogram

🎓Give it up for Fougeley!Fougeley has been tutoring with PGP at the Camden County Correctional Facility in New Jersey ...
06/09/2021

🎓Give it up for Fougeley!

Fougeley has been tutoring with PGP at the Camden County Correctional Facility in New Jersey since 2018, where she supported adult students working towards their GED while incarcerated. She quickly became a Temple University campus #leader and supported new tutors each semester as they embarked on their PGP experience.

"Tutoring was something I always looked forward to during my week. The smiles on the faces of my students always reminded me why I choose to be a part of this amazing program."

Thank you, Fougeley, for holding it down at Temple for the past THREE YEARS!
We're so proud of your accomplishments!

🎓Give it up for Fougeley!

Fougeley has been tutoring with PGP at the Camden County Correctional Facility in New Jersey since 2018, where she supported adult students working towards their GED while incarcerated. She quickly became a Temple University campus #leader and supported new tutors each semester as they embarked on their PGP experience.

"Tutoring was something I always looked forward to during my week. The smiles on the faces of my students always reminded me why I choose to be a part of this amazing program."

Thank you, Fougeley, for holding it down at Temple for the past THREE YEARS!
We're so proud of your accomplishments!

🧩MILESTONE! We've officially trained and placed 3,000 volunteer tutors in prison, jail, and reentry classrooms since 200...
06/07/2021

🧩MILESTONE! We've officially trained and placed 3,000 volunteer tutors in prison, jail, and reentry classrooms since 2008!

#prisoneducation #peteygreeneprogram

🧩MILESTONE! We've officially trained and placed 3,000 volunteer tutors in prison, jail, and reentry classrooms since 2008!

#prisoneducation #peteygreeneprogram

👀 LONG-ISH POST 👀Since 2016, over 70 Petey Greene Program tutors have supported 140 incarcerated learners at the State C...
05/26/2021

👀 LONG-ISH POST 👀

Since 2016, over 70 Petey Greene Program tutors have supported 140 incarcerated learners at the State Correctional Institution of Chester in pursuit of their GED. Tutors and students met in large group study halls twice per week to work on student-identified academic needs.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our programming transitioned to a #virtual tutoring pilot. Five incarcerated learners met with five dedicated PGP volunteers via Zoom once per week to work on algebra, science, test-taking strategies, and writing skills. Over the course of 10 weeks, tutors and students not only worked on academic material, but also created meaningful and positive virtual learning environments. One student shared that he “felt like a kid again, eager to learn!”

The success of this pilot allows us to expand tutoring opportunities to more students at SCI Chester this summer. While we’re looking forward to the eventual return of in-person tutoring at the facility, we’re excited to be able to continue our work in the meantime. We're also looking forward to celebrating our students' and tutors' accomplishments in the coming weeks - so stay tuned!

(Leave a 👀 emoji to let us know if you actually read this far!)

#educationinprison
#virtuallearning
#studentcentered
#peteygreeneprogram

We envision a world in which all incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people have access to high-quality academic prog...
05/20/2021

We envision a world in which all incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people have access to high-quality academic programs.

Does your vision align with ours? Do you live in the NYC or Boston area?
We are hiring! Join our passionate and dedicated team who strive to inspire future advocates to take on leadership roles that reimagine the criminal legal system.

More details at www.peteygreene.org/careers. Apply today!

#criminaljustice #socialjusticejobs #prisonreformjobs #educatorsofinstagram #volunteerism #nyc #boston #rhodeisland #peteygreeneprogram #advocate #ally #abolitionist #careers #nonprofit #nonprofitjobs

Screaming a big "Thank you" from the mountaintops for these three small businesses who are donating a portion of their p...
05/14/2021

Screaming a big "Thank you" from the mountaintops for these three small businesses who are donating a portion of their proceeds to PGP! With your support, incarcerated learners are making ✨strides✨ in their educational journey.



If you know of an impact-driven small businesses who might be interested in supporting the goals of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated folks, please tag them below. We'd love to get acquainted!

Screaming a big "Thank you" from the mountaintops for these three small businesses who are donating a portion of their proceeds to PGP! With your support, incarcerated learners are making ✨strides✨ in their educational journey.



If you know of an impact-driven small businesses who might be interested in supporting the goals of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated folks, please tag them below. We'd love to get acquainted!

In the Fall 2020 semester, 12 PGP volunteers from @bostonu supported small groups of students enrolled in GED classes at...
05/11/2021

In the Fall 2020 semester, 12 PGP volunteers from @bostonu supported small groups of students enrolled in GED classes at the Suffolk County Jail I Can
Academy. Volunteers and students met via Zoom weekly for 90-minute tutoring sessions, where they worked through material, reviewed practice exams, and discussed both short- and long-term educational #goals .

One #volunteer shared that participating in the BU/PGP co-curricular program taught her to “think contextually, attack my own biases, and see that we’re all people who deserve education, compassion, and humanity.”

All 12 volunteers extended their volunteer#commitment through the spring 2021 semester.

PGP and BU are planning to expand the program in the future!

#bostonuniversity #peteygreeneprogram #massachusetts

🌸Over 230,000 women are incarcerated in the US. 🌸80% of these women are mothers🌸At least 5 million children are growing ...
05/07/2021

🌸Over 230,000 women are incarcerated in the US.
🌸80% of these women are mothers
🌸At least 5 million children are growing up without a parent due to incarceration. (@prisonpolicy )

🌸🙏This Mother's Day we recognize the mothers who are working diligently to return to their children and the organizations who support this process.

🌸👀Check out the events and fundraisers being sponsored by these organizations this weekend to support incarcerated mothers. Be sure to follow their accounts to stay informed!

#mothersday #prisoneducation #peteygreeneprogram #mothers #prisonreform #reform #freeblackmamas #bailfund #mutualaid #communitylove #abolition #abolitionnow #antiracisteducation #antiracism #antiracistmom #momlife #newmom #mommytobe #abolitionislove #freethemall #teacherlife #philly #dc #nyc #boston #prison #probation #parole #educationispower #diversifyyourfeed

💚TUTOR APPRECIATION: Alysse and Alicia!💚This Volunteer Appreciation Month, we choose to spotlight a few of the individua...
04/30/2021

💚TUTOR APPRECIATION: Alysse and Alicia!

💚This Volunteer Appreciation Month, we choose to spotlight a few of the individuals who make our tutoring program possible! Alicia and Alysse are part of the teaching team of PGP’s college bridge program in Washington DC. Alysse has created several amazing lectures on topics ranging from #freespeech to #animalrights , helping our students become better writers. Alicia runs weekly workshops to discuss tutoring strategies and writing #pedagogy with PGP tutors. In addition to being an essential part of PGP’s college bridge program, Alicia and Alysse pursue their own research and teaching - Alicia is the Assistant Director at the Center for Writing Excellence at @montclairstateu and Alysse is a graduate student in the Anthropology Department at @rutgersu . We're so thankful to Alicia and Alysse for their commitment to the PGP #dc community!

💚Help us round out our #volunteerappreciation month by leaving a 💚 in the comments!

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Good morning. I hope you are well today. Could you please gather support for this and share it with everyone in MA that can help? Personal testimonials to the legislators below (on how youth courts would have benefited them or the people they worked with) would help tremendously. Thank you so, so much. Hi, friends. It will only take 5 minutes to help me in a really meaningful way. Bill H1364 (bipartisan), An Act to Fund Youth Courts, is building momentum in the State House. https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1364 However, it REALLY needs support from people like you to actually get it passed. This bill would allocate money to help youth who commit first-time low-level crimes or misdemeanors from getting a criminal record (which can keep them from getting into college or the military). Instead, they would be assigned a mentor, attend restorative conferences/meetings, get support for themselves and their families, and attend a hearing by a jury of peers (“youth court”) to find out how much and what kind of community service to complete. Although there are over 1100 youth courts nationwide, there is only 1 in Massachusetts (New Bedford/Fall River). You can support this bill - which will be at hearing at some point within the next few weeks by the following: What you can do: 1. Pleas share this - especially with people of influence 2. Please write a group email telling your name, town/city and why you support H1364, An Act to Fund Youth Courts. If you have a personal story because you have dealt with these issues professionally or personally, please give specifics. If you have no direct experience, you may reference that youth courts: keep adolescents, who often act impulsively or out of peer pressure, from meeting more serious criminals in the criminal justice system; give support to youth who have not had adequate resources or support in the past; lead to much lower recidivism rate Please send your email to these members of the Joint Judiciary Committee: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] For more info on youth courts, please see: www.globalyouthjustice.org THANK YOU so, so much!
Standing room only for the Petey Greene panel at Princeton University's 2018 Reunions! Thank you to our panelists, Julia Jacobson, Erich Kussman, Yusuf Dahl, Katie Tyler and Talya Nevins!
Enjoy an inside encounter with the Petey Greene Program. Thank you to the volunteers, students, and the NJ Department of Corrections who participated in this article!
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I spent 30 years behind bars as a prison physician and whole heartedly support educating the incarcerated and exposing individuals to the value of giving back to a segment of society that they haven't experienced. I'm glad AARP chose Jim Farrin and the Petey Greene Program for their award 'Living Lives With Purpose'. In 1987 when I was placed in the Nevada prison system for 4 years as a payback for a NHSC scholarship I found that my greatest joy was creating programs where I could teach the inmates. It's one thing to take care of their medical problems, it's another to give them hope that they have what it takes to live in society where they are an asset to themselves, their family and society.
I am a new tutor and appreciate the support and direction I have received from Petey Greene. This is my first time working with persons in prison, and it is most satisfying.
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