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San Quentin's Prison University

The Prison University Project uses community volunteers to provide prison inmates with college education.

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Almost twenty years ago, a group of community volunteers started the Prison University Project as a way of providing prisoners at San Quentin, California, with access to a college education. 

Now the Project has over 120 volunteers, many of them students at local universities, who teach college classes to inmates at the prison. The Project awards prep and associate arts degrees to successful students, equipping them with credentials and skills that they can use to reassimilate into community life upon their release.

Access to education has had a profound impact on the lives of the prisoners. Some estimate that the rate of recidivisim (or return to prison after release) is cut by half for prisoners that participate in the program. For many prisoners the promise of a degree is a goal to focus on, and a source of pride. The Executive Director of the program, Jodi Lewen, was quoted in an article describing it like this:"For them, it's like oxygen. It makes the world bigger."

The Project is a non profit, funded by donations and individuals and sustained by many community volunteers. It's an excellent example of how communities can rally around each other to improve the fortunes of groups that are otherwise marginalized and isolated. 

Empowering one person can have a ripple effect: a graduate student teaches a prisoner college classes who is then an example for his own young children. He returns to his community with skills that allow him to participate in the workforce and support the people in his life. 

How might we recognize opportunities for education in non traditional settings – and harness the skills of eager community members to help provide training?


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From the bottom of my heart, I can never thank you enough DR.BALBOSA for the wonderful work you did for me and my kids to bring back my husband. Am stella Andre from England. I was having serious relationship problems with my husband and he was no longer committed to me and our kids, when i asked him what the problem was he told me he has fell out of love for me and wanted a divorce and  i was so heart broken, i cried all day and night, it had resulted in him moving out to his friend’s apartment. Everything got worse because he started going to bars and strip clubs frequently with his friend, getting drunk and passing out. He always threatens me on the phone whenever I call him because of all the bad advice that his friend has given him. I really love him and we had been married for 8 years which gave us a beautiful daughter and a son. I had also lost a lot of money on therapists until I was introduced to DR. BALBOSA by a friend whom he helped to marry her childhood boyfriend, this gave me total confidence and strength to get him back. I did all that DR. BALBOSA asked me to do it and I also followed all instructions given to me by DR. BALBOSA to my greatest surprise after 48 hours my husband called me and rushed back home with a brown new car for me and our kids... things just changed between us emotionally, I was the happiest woman on earth that day. my husband now has a good job and stopped drinking and he stopped keeping irrelevant friends. It’s a miracle I never believed was possible because I had lost all hope until I found DR. BALBOSA...contact him today and get your love back i can assure you .... contact him on his Email on: balbosasolutionhome@gmail.com and CALL/ WHATSAPP: +2347048047728...BYE... 

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This is fascinating. I'm writing a paper on Rwanda's education system and one way they are working to improve adult literacy is by implementing a program where graduates of secondary school must commit to 9-months of national service teaching adults how to read and write. It's a low-cost way of improving adult literacy while also providing recent graduates work experience around a civic, community goal.

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Hi all! Thanks for this share Chioma!
There is a program through Vassar College where a professor and students travel to a local prison for a class. The regular class sessions bring college students and prison inmates together in the classroom, to bridge communities, promote dialogue, explore the experiences of others. http://vq.vassar.edu/issues/2002/02/features/classroom-inside.html
(This is one class and is not part of a degree program for inmates in that prison.)
Reading your post about providing access to a degree program in prison, and recalling this Vassar program in which college students and inmates learn side by side, I thought what are the possibilities to bring communities of learners together? Might opportunities might be created for programming inside refugee communities, or where they intersect with host communities, increasing access and quality of the education for refugees?

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Hi Bettina!

Nice to see you in the challenge – and thanks as always for your excellent contributions! I'm really glad that you mentioned relationships with host communities as an opportunity, particularly because many times host communities face similar challenges around access to resources and opportunities as refugees do. One of our design principles will prompt ideators to consider how to build connections between refugees and their host communities. To your point, there are many circumstances where opportunities to share education resources abound. I'm hoping that our community is going to help us uncover them!!

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Chioma,
Thanks for the reminder that host communities often are resource poor as well.
It reminds me to think about the broader picture! Great prompts for the IDEAS phase!

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Get Your Ex Lover Back No Matter Why He Left You” I just got my ex husband back through the help of Dr Unity love spell Experts. My name is Emily Sarah am from Tx,USA. My husband left me for another woman, This was just 3 years of our marriage. The most painful thing is that I was pregnant with our second baby. I wanted him back. I did everything within my reach to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so badly because of the love I had for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to my friend and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back , I had no choice than to try it. I messaged the spell caster called dr unity, and he assured me there was no problem and that everything will be okay before 11 hours. He cast the spell and surprisingly 11 hours later my husband called me. I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that had happened He wanted me to return to him. He also said he loved me so much. I was so happy and went to him that was how we started living together happily again.thanks to dr unity . if you are here and your Lover is turning you down, or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact Dr.Unity for help now..Here his contact, WhatsApp him: +2348055361568 {or} Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,his website:https://unityspells.blogspot.com

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My Ex dumped me Four weeks ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don't know what to do, so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a traditional spell caster help people to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 24 hours that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you, Doctor mkuru. You are a truly great and gifted traditional helper. Hangout with him now via: dr.baba.mkurulovespellcaster@gmail.com You can also call or Whatsapp his via mobile +2349075998982
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Great analogous inspiration Chioma! The ripple effect is rich thought starter on the topic of expanding learning opportunities for refugees. This will encourage us to think about education innovation not as a one way process, but as something that can empower people to teach each other. It’s also revealing to hear that a degree is “like oxygen” for some prisoners. I wonder how we can bring this idea of setting goals and accomplishments into future conversations.