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.

Mission: The Petey Greene Program supplements education in jails and prisons by providing individualized tutoring for incarcerated students. We envision a world in which all incarcerated people have access to high-quality academic programs. Join us as a volunteer tutor.

Operating as usual

12/29/2020

After the unprecedented challenges of 2020, many of us will transform the whimsical tradition of New Year’s resolutions into life changing (❗️) commitments.

✊ For Tufts University MyTERN Student, Arlice, 2020’s challenges were also compounded by the many obstacles that returning citizens must overcome. Here she bravely shares her goals for owning a Cape Verdean food truck in the future.

A $5 gift to the Petey Greene Program will support the educational success of students like Arlice. You can contribute using Venmo @Petey-GreeneProgram

❔Would you like to hear more from Arlice? Let us know by leaving a ✋ emoji in the comments section below.

#resolutions #2021 #transformativejustice #reform #humanity #equity #massachusetts

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12/23/2020

The shirt is FIRE. 👏 The owner is cool.👏 The money does work. 👏

🔥VOICI is a black-owned streetwear brand based out of the DMV (DC, MD, VA) that uses its platform to amplify the voice of the Black community by donating a large portion of their sales back to organizations doing important racial, economic, and educational justice work.

🔥On December 31st, the order link will go live for their new collection, Chocolate City. Sixty percent (!) of all proceeds for the Petey Greene "No Signifyin" shirts you see above will go towards The Petey Greene Program and will expand access to educational opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated learners.

🔥Please follow @_voici_ to learn more about their business model, their story, and their new collection.

🔥We'd love to see some of our PGP tutors and friends lookin' fly for a good cause. Pre-orders begin December 31st. Pls tag us with your pre-order screenshots! 👀

12/22/2020

✊ We asked 200 people to donate the price of their daily coffee to support 8 weeks of individualized virtual tutoring for a returning citizen working towards their educational goals.

✊Our goal was 200 donations of $5 each before the end of 2020. Today, we reached our 200th donation, and our cup has runneth over! We surpassed our goal by more than $2,000 ❗️and we’d like to share the impact of your generosity.

✊With $3,186 we will be able to provide 8 weeks of individualized virtual tutoring support for not one, but THREE people working toward an educational goal after their incarceration in 2021. That’s triple the access to academic support! Tutoring services that fit a student’s unique needs in content, style, scheduling, and technology is important to us. With the success of this fundraiser, we will be able to tailor our services even more closely to support three additional students how they deem best.

✊Thanks to each and every one of you who has contributed by donating, spreading the word, sharing our posts, tagging friends, or double-tapping! You are greatly appreciated by the entire PGP community. This is big - THANK YOU!

🤎Before the end of the year, our goal is to reach 200 donations of 5$ each (the price of a coffee or two ☕️☕️). We are o...
12/11/2020

🤎Before the end of the year, our goal is to reach 200 donations of 5$ each (the price of a coffee or two ☕️☕️). We are only 45 cups away! Will you be next person to support educational justice?

🤎Your $5 donation will support 8 weeks of individualized virtual tutoring support for a returning citizen striving to achieve their educational goals after incarceration.

🤎Venmo, PayPal or credit card - we now accept them all!

🤎We are overflowing with gratitude for the generosity of our supporters! THANK YOU everyone who has contributed in any way. We’re floored by your love!

#prisoneducation #justice #racialequity #racialjustice #criticalracetheory #mutualaid #fundraising #nonprofitorganization

🤎We're almost at our goal of 200 small donations before the end of 2020!  (118 more to go!) 🤎Your $5 donation will suppo...
12/07/2020

🤎We're almost at our goal of 200 small donations before the end of 2020! (118 more to go!)

🤎Your $5 donation will support 8 weeks of individualized virtual tutoring support. Venmo, PayPal or credit card - we now accept them all!

🤎We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters! We’re deeply thankful for your support of educational justice.

🤎 If you’d like to support aside from donating, please consider sharing our graphics! THANK YOU.

11/30/2020
PGP COFFEE SWAP 2020!

Hey, PGP friends!

▪️Before the end of the year, we are hoping to reach 200 donations of 5$ each, (the price of a coffee or two ☕️☕️). This will provide one full semester (8 weeks) of virtual tutoring to a returning citizen striving to achieve their educational goals after incarceration. 🎓

▪️Click on the link to donate $5 now, or help us 'spill the beans' by tagging a friend in the comments below & sharing our video. 🤎

▪️Words cannot ESPRESSO how much your support means to the PGP community. Thank you.☕️✨🙏

www.peteygreene.org/donate

#criminaljusticereform #prisonreform #abolition #education #blm

PGP tutors: just wanted to say that we are *grateful* for you... for real (‼️)Who are you 'for real' grateful for in 202...
11/24/2020

PGP tutors: just wanted to say that we are *grateful* for you... for real (‼️)

Who are you 'for real' grateful for in 2020? 👀🙏

Tag them in the comments to send a smile their way. Sometimes it's just those everyday moments of gratitude... ✨✨✨

#gratefulforyou #tutors #friends #communitylove #justice

✏️What would you like to learn from our panelists during our webinar TONIGHT? Please leave us a comment!✏️Each panelist ...
11/18/2020

✏️What would you like to learn from our panelists during our webinar TONIGHT? Please leave us a comment!

✏️Each panelist will share their experiences with education programs after incarceration and discuss what academic credentials have meant to them since.

✏️Introducing panelists Tia Ryans, Donte Small, Arthur Bembury, and Sanford Barber.

✏️There's still time to REGISTER NOW! See you at 6:00 pm EST.

#prisoneducation #prisonreform #abolition #prisonabolition #educationmatters #webinar #volunteer #socialjustice

Register Today! LAST WEBINAR OF 2020https://tinyurl.com/yxs2xy6j ✏️Join us on November 18, at 6:00 pm ET for our webinar...
11/13/2020

Register Today! LAST WEBINAR OF 2020
https://tinyurl.com/yxs2xy6j

✏️Join us on November 18, at 6:00 pm ET for our webinar, Reentry and Education: A Student Perspective.

✏️This webinar centers on the voices and experiences of formerly incarcerated people who participated in educational programs through a reentry program.

✏️Panelists will also talk about how educational access mitigated some of the challenges they faced after incarceration and what their academic credentials mean to them.

✏️We hope you can join us. All are welcome. Please share this event!

11/10/2020
PGP NEW YORK 2020

This fall incarcerated students at Westchester County Jail join students at Manhattan College to earn college credit together.

The course, Criminal Justice Ethics, taught by Professor Andrew Skotnicki, is structured as a traditional Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, but using a virtual platform while social distancing restrictions remain.

PGP is also supporting Manhattan College’s Inside-Out course at Rikers Island. This is PGP’s fifth year (!) supporting Inside-Out courses in New York. Course topics have ranged from “Opera, Religion, and Confinement” to “Shakespeare, Prison, and God.”

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
Manhattan College

10/29/2020
Approaches to Reentry Webinar

Justice Education Series Webinar, Petey Greene Program
10/28/2020: APPROACHES TO REENTRY

Recognizing that educational access and support is one part of the set of activities and processes that work to assist incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to successfully transition to their communities after incarceration, this webinar will feature a conversation among different reentry programs about their approaches to assisting returning citizens and their families. Panelists from JEVS Human Services-Looking Forward Philadelphia, the Center for Health and Justice Transformation, Hope House NYC, Voices of Reentry, and Fresh Start @Your Library will help us grapple with the challenges faced by returning citizens, and how coordinated approaches assist formerly incarcerated people and their families thrive and reach their freedom dreams. This webinar will be moderated by Nia Hill, who serves as a volunteer with the Petey Greene Program, where she supports the educational goals of students part of D.C.’s Youth Services Center.

Register here for our 10/28/2020 webinar!https://tinyurl.com/y2lb7fvh
10/27/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Approaches to Reentry. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Register here for our 10/28/2020 webinar!
https://tinyurl.com/y2lb7fvh

Recognizing that educational access and support is one part of a set of activities and processes that work to assist incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to successfully transition to their communities after incarceration, the Approaches to Reentry webinar will feature a network of organiza...

❗️TOMORROW! Approaches to Reentry❗️ https://tinyurl.com/y2lb7fvh▫️Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 10/28 at 6:00 pm est, to h...
10/27/2020

❗️TOMORROW! Approaches to Reentry❗️ https://tinyurl.com/y2lb7fvh

▫️Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 10/28 at 6:00 pm est, to hear how ✨five✨ different organizations approach their work in reentry.

▫️You can read more about the organizations and their representatives on the EVENTS page of our website, where you can also check out what's coming up in November!

▫️We look forward to an engaging conversation with JEVS Looking Forward Philadelphia, Voices of Reentry, The Ladies of Hope Ministries, The Center for Health and Justice, and Fresh Start @ Your Library and more than 300 guests who've registered so far. Thank you!

❕REGISTER NOW! https://tinyurl.com/y2lb7fvh

1️⃣Topeka K Sam, Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministires

2️⃣ Jeffrey Abramowitz, J.D, Executive Director of Reentry Services at JEVS Human Services

3️⃣ Jondhi Harrell, Program Manager of Fresh Start @ Your Library

4️⃣Nomi Sofer, Project Director, Voices of Reeentry

5️⃣Heather Gaydos MSW, Reentry Project Director, Center for Health and Justice Transformation

6️⃣ Nia Hill, moderator & Petey Greene Program volunteer

7️⃣Maco L. Faniel, moderator & PGP Director of Tutor Training and Justice Education

▪️REGISTRATION OPEN TO ALL: https://tinyurl.com/y2lb7fvh▪️Join us on October 28, 2020, at 6:00 pm ET for the ‘Approaches...
10/20/2020

▪️REGISTRATION OPEN TO ALL:
https://tinyurl.com/y2lb7fvh

▪️Join us on October 28, 2020, at 6:00 pm ET for the ‘Approaches to Reentry’ webinar. Recognizing that educational access and support is one part of the set of activities and processes that work to assist incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to successfully transition to their communities after incarceration, this webinar will feature a conversation among different reentry programs about their approaches to assisting returning citizens and their families.

▪️Our Justice Education Series webinars attract a large audience of engaged, thoughtful, and open-minded folks who ask great questions and offered unique perspectives. We hope you can join us! Please feel free to share this event with friends near and far - all are welcome.

10/09/2020

The Petey Greene Program Justice Education Series: #PGPJusticeEd

The Carceral State & Education
10.8.2020

Panelists:
Michelle Jones
Dr. Breea Willingham
Dr. Nora Krinitsky

Moderators:
Maco Faniel, PGP Director of Tutor Training and Justice Education
Masha Miura, PGP Volunteer & Campus Leader at Princeton University

🔸 TOMORROW! 🔸We’re excited to introduce the speakers and moderators for our Thursday, October 8th webinar, “The Carceral...
10/07/2020

🔸 TOMORROW! 🔸

We’re excited to introduce the speakers and moderators for our Thursday, October 8th webinar, “The Carceral State and Education.”
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🔸Join over 360 people who are already registered for this poignant examination of the relationship between the carceral state and education.

🔸Click the link in our bio to register now and share with a friend. Thank you!

We have 360 people registered for our webinar event tomorrow, October 8th 2020. It's not too late to join us for this im...
10/07/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Carceral State & Education. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

We have 360 people registered for our webinar event tomorrow, October 8th 2020. It's not too late to join us for this important discussion. This event is open to all - Click this link to register now! https://tinyurl.com/yc2hwp88

This webinar will help us define and locate the set of interlocking institutions, logics, and practices that make up the carceral state while also exploring approaches to prison education and reentry education that avoid reproducing punishment and harm. Our three panelists, Dr. Nora Krintsky, Dr. Br...

📢 We reached 1k followers on Instagram! Do you follow us there? @peteygreeneprogram 📢◼️ Please leave us a comment below ...
10/06/2020

📢 We reached 1k followers on Instagram! Do you follow us there? @peteygreeneprogram 📢

◼️ Please leave us a comment below and give us some feedback about our social media. What posts do you like most, what do you want to see more of?

◼️ Thank you so much for following. Tag a friend in the comments and help us reach our next milestone of 1,500!

10/06/2020
PBS NewsHour

Tune in TONIGHT to this PBS NewsHour special featuring Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative

"I couldn't believe how, even in my ignorance, just being present, just showing up could make a difference in the quality of someone's life."

Attorney Bryan Stevenson from Equal Justice Initiative recounts his first visit to death row. Watch #TellMeMorePBS with Kelly Corrigan Monday on PBS, and streaming after on the PBS Video App.

🔸Join us on Thursday, October 8th for The Carceral State & Education webinar featuring scholar-activists,  Nora Krintsky...
09/30/2020

🔸Join us on Thursday, October 8th for The Carceral State & Education webinar featuring scholar-activists, Nora Krintsky, Breea Willingham, and Michelle Jones in conversation about the relationship between the carceral state and pre-collegiate/collegiate education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated learners.

🔸This free Zoom event is open to the public - ALL ARE WELCOME. Please share with a friend! You can find more information about the event and panelists on the 'events' page of our website.

🔸Click this link to register now!
https://tinyurl.com/yc2hwp88

For Fall 2020, PGP tutors in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to support the vital work being done by MyTERN. 🟢 D...
09/24/2020

For Fall 2020, PGP tutors in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to support the vital work being done by MyTERN.

🟢 Developed by the Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN), MyTERN is a re-entry program designed in partnership with a variety of community organizations that focuses on the holistic needs of people returning from incarceration.

🟢 Informed by the experiences and EXPERTISE of formerly incarcerated people, MyTERN offers a variety of educational programming, professional development, mentorship, and leadership opportunities for returning citizens over the course of a 10 month program. The ethos of MyTERN aligns with the Petey Greene Program’s value of “elevating the voices of those most impacted by the justice system”. The PGP seeks to bolster MyTERN’s mission by contributing to its program development and providing academic support services to its participants.

🟢We look forward to the semester ahead and wish all of our Massachusetts tutors and students a promising fall semester!

09/17/2020
What's new with PGP in 2020?

As we begin new partnerships and delve into virtual tutoring and reentry support, let’s take a look at the Petey Greene Program’s growth over the last twelve years! In 2008, we began our work in New Jersey and since then have expanded to 7 different regions. In the 2018-2019 academic year alone, we recruited, trained, and placed over 800 volunteers who put in over 11,000 volunteer hours serving the educational goals of approximately 2,300 incarcerated students.

We are proud of how far we’ve come and the new opportunities that lie ahead. In the coming weeks we will spotlight our new partnerships and programs in greater detail so stay tuned and thank you for your tireless support!

Happy September PGP community! We are energized about the new programming and partnerships on the horizon for the fall 2...
09/04/2020

Happy September PGP community! We are energized about the new programming and partnerships on the horizon for the fall 2020 semester. We've been in deep conversation about how best to meet the emerging needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students in an increasingly virtual world.

To this end, we've expanded our work into reentry settings in
addition to developing our capacity to support virtual learning within prisons and jails. Over the coming weeks, we will provide more specific details about regional roll-outs so keep an eye out here. As always, we appreciate your support and engagement with our work!

"I am excited to be able to reach out to more people coming home from incarceration with continued educational support. ...
08/26/2020

"I am excited to be able to reach out to more people coming home from incarceration with continued educational support. Partnering with reentry programs and connecting with people virtually will allow us to help and support people throughout their journey from incarceration to reentry. Education gives people options. The option to choose which path to take."
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Congratulations to our very own Lynne Sullivan who was recently promoted to Regional Manager in the Massachusetts office. Lynne joined PGP as a Division Manager in 2018. She graduated magna cm laude from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in The Science of Sociology and is currently enrolled in the Boston University Criminal Justice Graduate Program. In her spare time, Lynne lectures for various organizations about the criminal justice system and its impact on people within the correctional system.
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As Regional Manager, Lynne will oversee all Petey Greene volunteers in Massachusetts. She will ensure that partnerships with prison, jails, and re-entry programs are effective while supporting volunteers to develop a campus culture of criminal legal reform, including hosting events and building relationships with key community stakeholders.
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Congratulations Lynne!

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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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