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The Petey Greene Program

The Petey Greene Program http://peteygreene.org We work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to support incarcerated people and build stronger communities.

A nonprofit that supports the educational journeys of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated learners with free tutoring, while educating volunteers and the public about the injustice manifest in our carceral system. 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

A nonprofit that supports the educational journeys of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated learners with free tutoring, while educating volunteers and the public about the injustice manifest in our carceral system. 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

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Our very own Lynne Sullivan, PGP MA + RI Regional Manager, recently shared her story with This is My Silver Lining] .Lyn...
09/13/2022

Our very own Lynne Sullivan, PGP MA + RI Regional Manager, recently shared her story with This is My Silver Lining] .

Lynne is living proof of the transformative power of education for incarcerated learners, earning a bachelors degree in sociology through the Boston University Prison Education Program. She also reminds us of the true blessing of having someone who believes in you and is forever grateful for the support system that inspired her to create a different path for her life.

She now provides that same support system for other learners through her work with The Petey Greene Program. Listen to her AMAZING podcast episode This is My Silver Lining]

Thank you, Lynne, for being an inspiration to us all!

It’s time to take a step in the right direction!Join the Petey Greene Program for our first annual ‘Run for Education Ju...
09/08/2022

It’s time to take a step in the right direction!

Join the Petey Greene Program for our first annual ‘Run for Education Justice 5k Walk/Run’ to support the educational goals of incarcerated learners.

More details coming soon!

Great news!!! We received a generous grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to support our College Bridge ...
08/16/2022

Great news!!! We received a generous grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to support our College Bridge program. The College Bridge program offers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated learners a humanities-rich course that prepares them for the literacy and critical thinking requirements of college-level coursework. This preparation is especially important as access to Pell Grants, which fund postsecondary education, is being restored for incarcerated learners.

Link in bio to read more about our College Bridge program.

Our newly-graduated volunteer tutors are now PGP alumni. .an.gela, ,  and  shared what they're up to next, and we're loo...
07/19/2022

Our newly-graduated volunteer tutors are now PGP alumni. .an.gela, , and shared what they're up to next, and we're looking forward to staying in touch with them and with every PGP alum--volunteers and students.

Help us build the PGP Alumni Network by completing a VERY brief survey (link in bio). As our thanks, we'll send you a soon-to-be unveiled PGP sticker.

6 days until our next Justice Education Series webinar! During this webinar you will learn from Stephanie Bazell of @...
02/17/2022

6 days until our next Justice Education Series webinar!

During this webinar you will learn from Stephanie Bazell of @ccf_ny, Syrita Steib of , Barbi Brown from the Tennessee Higher Education Prison Initiative, and Pastor and former PGP student Erich Kussman about the policy initiatives needed to expand educational access and ensure educational success for learners continuing or pursuing education post incarceration.

Panelists will discuss policy initiatives like Banning the Box, standardization of educational programming, housing support, counseling, and financial aid, and help us understand how we can advocate for policy change that supports an education continuum for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated learners.

What are you waiting for? Register for the next webinar today!

Registration link in the bio!

www.tinyurl.com/ReentryEdPolicyIG



Are you or someone you know a recent PhD with an interest in  and education for currently and formerly incarcerated peop...
02/16/2022

Are you or someone you know a recent PhD with an interest in and education for currently and formerly incarcerated people?

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to apply for an ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship position at The Petey Greene Program to help us develop and evaluate our college readiness program.

Please help us get the word out so we can welcome another awesome ACLS Fellow to our team!

The application deadline is March 28th! Apply today! 

www.peteygreene.org/careers

📣Webinar Panelist Announcement!📣Have you registered for the next Justice Education Series webinar yet?Barbi Brown, Reen...
02/15/2022

📣Webinar Panelist Announcement!📣

Have you registered for the next Justice Education Series webinar yet?

Barbi Brown, Reentry Coordinator at the Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, will join Operation Restoration.OR's Syrita Steib and College & Community Fellowship's Stephanie Bazell for Reentry and Education: A Policy Perspective on February 23 at 3 pm. Pastor and former PGP student Erich Kussman of St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church will moderate the panel as they address the policy initiatives needed to expand educational access and ensure educational success for learners continuing or pursuing education post incarceration.

Incarcerated at the age of 18, Barbi spent 17 years at the women’s prison in Nashville. She earned her GED within the first year of incarceration, and taking one course per semester, she earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies in December 2017. A short 6 months later, she was released from prison. As a Reentry Coordinator, she is able to utilize the life lessons she learned during her own reentry transition to level the road for those traveling behind her.

All are welcome!
Register today - www.tinyurl.com/ReentryEdPolicyFB

📣Webinar Moderator Announcement!📣Have you registered for the next  webinar yet?Erich Kussman, Pastor at the St. Bartho...
02/11/2022

📣Webinar Moderator Announcement!📣

Have you registered for the next webinar yet?
Erich Kussman, Pastor at the St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Trenton, will join Syrita Steib, Founder and Executive Director of Operation Restoration.OR and College & Community Fellowship Stephanie Bazell as the moderator for Reentry and Education: A Policy Perspective on February 23 at 3 pm.

While serving 12 years in an NJ state prison, Erich obtained his GED and attended Pillar College, graduating with a BA in biblical studies. In 2016, he began his formal theological education and pastoral training at Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with a masters in divinity. Now, he sits on the board of Beating Guns Philly and the WorkWell program.

All are welcome!
Register Today - www.tinyurl.com/ReentryEdPolicyFB

Webinar Panelist Announcement!Stephanie Bazell, Director of Policy and Advocacy at College & Community Fellowship, will ...
02/03/2022

Webinar Panelist Announcement!

Stephanie Bazell, Director of Policy and Advocacy at College & Community Fellowship, will join our Justice Education Series webinar, Reentry and Education: A Policy Perspective, on February 23 at 3 pm.

Along with other experts (soon to be announced!), Stephanie will dive into the policy initiatives needed to expand educational access and ensure educational success for learners continuing or pursuing education post incarceration.

All are welcome! Register Today!
www.tinyurl.com/ReentryEdPolicyFB

The Petey Greene Program has provided tutoring for over 60 students at Youth Services Center since November 2020, when t...
02/02/2022

The Petey Greene Program has provided tutoring for over 60 students at Youth Services Center since November 2020, when the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, D.C., invited the PGP to support detained youth whose education had been disrupted by the pandemic.

In the fall of 2021, Maya Angelou Academy took over as the education provider for students at YSC, and the tutoring partnership has expanded. As pandemic restrictions eased, 18 PGP tutors, including Ajhani Carroll, began providing in-person tutoring, working with small groups of students during study hall periods.

The majority of the tutors at YSC are students at Howard University, where the PGP developed its HBCU Forward Initiative, which prioritizes engaging and supporting Black volunteer tutors at historically Black colleges and universities.

WEBINAR!Join us on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, @ 3 p.m.to learn about the policy initiatives needed to expand educat...
01/31/2022

WEBINAR!

Join us on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, @ 3 p.m.
to learn about the policy initiatives needed to expand educational
access and ensure educational success for learners continuing or
pursuing education post-incarceration.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Register today - tinyurl.com/ReentryEdPolicyFB

01/02/2022

Let us know in the comments... how do you feel about New Years resolutions? 👀

Keith, Shaun, and Een all have similar New Years resolutions this year. ✨

🎓Keith is a PGP student studying at Rutgers University after his incarceration, Shaun is a volunteer tutor who supports Keith with some of his Rutgers course work, and Een is the NJ PGP staff who connected this dream tutoring team.

Did you make New Years resolutions for 2022? If you made them this time last year, did you stick to any? Let us know in the comments how you feel about resolutions!

You can support the resolutions and freedom dreams of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, like Keith and thousands of other PGP students, by making a very small New Years donation. Even a small amount can mean a lot to someone who is making this year their best. year. ever. after a long, hard journey.

Cheer formerly incarcerated folks on as they make strides towards new horizons in 2022 by making a donation at the link in our bio!

Keith Bowens wants to be a social worker, and the coursework  is writing intensive. So when he needed help with his wri...
12/17/2021

Keith Bowens wants to be a social worker, and the coursework  is writing intensive. So when he needed help with his writing, Keith reached out to The Petey Greene Program for tutoring support.

"I appreciate the Petey Greene Program which helped me with tutoring and assisted me into taking C+ grades and becoming an A student."

📣 Let's shout out some encouragement for Keith in the comments!

COMMENT BELOW! Did you know that the Petey Greene Program is active in seven states? 👀We have tutoring programs in Mass...
12/08/2021

COMMENT BELOW! Did you know that the Petey Greene Program is active in seven states? 👀

We have tutoring programs in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. (Maryland and Virginia), all
supporting the academic goals of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.

If you've EVER interacted with our program (tutors, teachers, webinars, supporter, just friends...) leave your region's color emoji in the comments! 💙💜❤️💖💚💛🧡.... Should it be a little *light-hearted*
competition? .... 😏pun intended.

Comment your region’s emoji!!

Read the full bios for tomorrow night’s panelists on the events page of our website! Here’s a brief introduction to each...
11/30/2021

Read the full bios for tomorrow night’s panelists on the events page of our website! Here’s a brief introduction to each:

Stanley Andrisse, MBA, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of From Prison Cells to PhD, is an endocrinologist scientist and assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine. Prison-to-Professionals is dedicated to promoting and advocating for higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated men and women.

Laura Harris is director and co-founder of the Formerly Incarcerated Union of Rhode Island (FIU), a volunteer organization led by people directly impacted by the criminal legal system that works to advocate to break down barriers and provide peer-to-peer support for fellow directly impacted Rhode Islanders.

Charlese Horton, Mutual Aid and Reentry Coordinator for Black and Pink-Massachusetts, has been a trailblazer for the trans community since the age of 14, advocating for trans people in the Back Bay area. As a formerly incarcerated person, Charlese’ experiences in the criminal legal system have shaped her outlook on the difficulties trans women face in the penal system. In her role she works to build genuine relationships with members, connect them to material resources, and to fight for abolition.



Alesha Monteiro is an Advocacy Fellow for the Essie Justice Group. In this role, Alesha conducts member-wide outreach for campaigns, leads on advocacy related to California state prison system policies, and supports member-led abolitionist campaigns.



Dominque Jones-Johnson, MSHRE, founder of Daughters Beyond Incarceration, is a native of New Orleans. As an adult child with an incarcerated parent, Jones advocates for kids with incarcerated parents by leading an organization geared toward the overall well-being of young Black girls with an incarcerated father.

PGP group photo from the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison in Denver, Colorado. Comment a 💚 if you see a...
11/22/2021

PGP group photo from the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison in Denver, Colorado. Comment a 💚 if you see a familiar face!

PUBLIC WEBINAR: Join us on Thursday, December 2, 2021, @ 3 p.m. to learn how system-impacted people, including formerly ...
11/19/2021

PUBLIC WEBINAR: Join us on Thursday, December 2, 2021, @ 3 p.m. to learn how system-impacted people, including formerly incarcerated people and children of currently and formerly incarcerated parents, are fighting to change carceral policies that impact them directly, and all of us indirectly. Panelists will help us understand why it’s important for system-impacted people to lead movements for systemic change. They will share how we can all join in their efforts on a range of issues, such as increasing access to education, ending solitary confinement, mitigating the harm of incarceration on children and families, and removing employment and voting restrictions.

ALL ARE WELCOME! LINK IN BIO!

The PGP will present at the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison TODAY! The 11th National Conference on...
11/12/2021

The PGP will present at the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison TODAY!

The 11th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison is here and we have organized a roundtable to discuss the need and opportunity for college bridge programming for system-impacted students. The roundtable will bring together three PGP program staff, college bridge instructors, and NJ-STEP, a provider of higher education in prison and a partner in the design and implementation of the PGP college bridge pilot in New Jersey.

The panel will share information on the PGP college bridge program and its implementation in Washington DC, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
Participants will explore the goals and objectives of college readiness programs, including how to identify and recruit students who might benefit. They will also discuss what partnerships inside and outside of correctional facilities are necessary to provide a continuum of educational opportunities for system-impacted learners.

Stay tuned on our stories to get a glimpse of the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison here in Denver!

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This week, we continue with our BACK TO SCHOOL theme. We are so grateful for the opportunity to speak with Lynne Sullivan of the The Petey Greene Program .
Lynne is living proof of the transformative power of education, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology through the Boston University Prison Education Program while serving a life sentence at MCI Framingham.
Lynne also reminds us of the true blessing of having someone who believes in you. She is forever grateful for the support system that inspired her to create a different path for her life. Listen to our amazing conversation about the role of education in ending the cycle of recidivism in the carceral system. And please rate and review!
Mark Your Calendar!
All of Us or None. Northern NJ The Petey Greene Program
Join us for a discussion and workshop on the carceral system with three formerly impacted individuals who work on issues of incarcerated rights and community development, as part of Intersections of Service on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Campus Club. Register via MyPrincetonU: https://cglink.me/2gi/r1376971

Speakers include:

Tracey D. Syphax is president and CEO of two firms in the real estate/construction industries. He is also a founding member of Minding Our Business (MOB), a community outreach program for Trenton youth. In 2014 he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change, as well as Empower Magazine’s Person of the Year.

Ron Pierce is a commentor, lecturer and Democracy & Justice Fellow at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Spanning voting access, reentry, and human rights of the incarcerated, his work has led him to testify before the U.S. Secretary of Education and NJ Supreme Court, as well to collaborate with journalist Chris Hedges on incarcerated rights.

Een Jabriel, Central Division Manager of NJ with The Petey Greene Program, Een is a formerly incarcerated native of Trenton who graduated from Rutgers University in 2016. He now recruits and trains Princeton University volunteers to assist incarcerated students in Garden State Youth Correctional Facility.
Meet our intern, Akansha Khurana ✨

Akansha Khurana is a rising senior in the Honors College - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, double majoring in Economics and Psychology. As an aspiring international human rights lawyer, she is very passionate about international women’s’ rights and women’s health issues specifically in India and Middle Eastern countries.

She is currently a very active member of GlobeMed at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, a student run nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about global health issues and will be serving as the Co-President of the organization for the 2021-2022 academic year.

On campus she is also a member of the Lloyd C. Gardner Fellowship Program in Leadership and Social Policy as well as a former volunteer of the The Petey Greene Program, a volunteer organization dedicated to reducing recidivism rates for incarcerated individuals. Outside of school, some of her hobbies include trying new food cuisines, painting, and visiting new places.

This summer, Akansha is interning at the Asian American LEAD (AALEAD).

Read more about this year's Scholars and Interns on our website at https://www.capal.org/site/2021-scholars-and-interns/

Last week Jarrett Harper, a formerly incarcerated criminal justice advocate, joined Pace Center student organization Students for Prison Education, Abolition, and Reform: Princeton and the The American Whig-Cliosophic Society for a virtual conversation about his experiences with the juvenile justice and foster care systems. https://pace.princeton.edu/news/jarrett-harper-juvenile-justice-and-foster-care-prison-pipeline

The event was co-sponsored by Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, Organizing Stories, the Pace Center, Princeton USG Projects Board, and The Petey Greene Program.
In Bonnie Watson Coleman's District 12, over $45,000 was awarded to three organizations in our last round of Incubation and Action grants.

People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos
The Petey Greene Program
Trenton Health Team, Inc.

Question for the grantees - How are your audiences continuing to stay connected during the pandemic? Please share any responses in comments.
Please join us in congratulating the newest NJCH grantees!

Incubation Grantees: Center for Aquatic Sciences, The Petey Greene Program, Ramapo College of New Jersey/Jane Addams Papers Project, Roebling Museum, and Vietnamese Boat People Podcast

Action Grantees: Bayshore Center at Bivalve, Jazz House Kids, Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Newark Public Library, People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, Piscataway Public Library, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, Trenton Health Team, Inc., and WheatonArts!

https://njhumanities.org/njch-awards-over-202000-in-grants-to-fund-15-humanities-projects-throughout-the-state/
Have you heard?
NJ-CAIC is Now NJ-PJW (Prison Justice Watch) - to match our GROWING goals!

Be sure to save our New Handle & Join the Fight because

THE ESSENTIALS:
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New email address:
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New website address:
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Congratulations to our Winners! Your books are on their way!

With the help of our generous funders, we were able to send 10 free Hi-Lo books to the following 5 organizations:

The Petey Greene Program
The Adult Literacy Center of Ozaukee County
Wisconsin Literacy
Washington Literacy Center
The READ Center

For more info about our resources, go to www.gemmamedia.org.

"The Honest Struggle" Discussion with Justin Mashouf & Sadiq Davis

Some takeaways from our discussion:

-Leave a review for The Honest Struggle on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Honest-Struggle-Adam-Holmgren/dp/B07Q9KV2VZ

-Visit Sadiq Davis’s Soundcloud.
https://soundcloud.com/sadiq2-1

-Watch the recording of the Believers Bail Out event on abolition from an Islamic perspective. �
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjyl8W9TdVw

-Read Hoda Katebi’s article on Karbala and social justice.
https://hodakatebi.com/politics/from-karbala-to-chicago-reflections-on-death-mourning-traditions-of-resistance/

-Justin Mashouf’s Call to Action Items:
Volunteer�
Give Money�
Educate�
Amplify Black Voices�
Vote�

-Volunteer for The Petey Greene Program

-Volunteer with Muslim ARC - Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
If you wanted to see Whiting Public Engagement Fellow Nicole Fleetwood's talk for The Petey Greene Program but missed it, you're in luck! The recording, in which Professor Fleetwood discusses MARKING TIME: ART IN THE AGE OF MASS INCARCERATION, is available here:
Joined by Rebecca Brown from the Innocence Project, Meredith Kornfeidn from The Petey Greene Program NYC, and renowned artist Sara Bennett, GLO NYC brings to you a discussion about criminal justice- an important yet often underestimated social issue.
During undergrad, UMD English senior Sarah Riback tutored with The Petey Greene Program, partnered with NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and worked with youth in Mississippi Delta.

"To my mind, the most valuable part of the English major has been the space that the community has afforded me to think, read, write, discuss, and challenge ideas that I never would have encountered otherwise. The curiosity I was able to cultivate among peers and professors is indelible."
Read more from Sarah's interview https://www.english.umd.edu/Senior-Profile-Sarah-Riback
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