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The mission of the Petey Greene Program is to supplement correctional education systems by providing individualized tutoring for incarcerated people. We work to support academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to reduce recidivism rates and build stronger communities.
The Petey Greene Program has been active in New York since the Fall of 2014. We recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to serve as academic tutors and teachers assistants at five (5) different correctional facilities in the area, primarily recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from Columbia University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and New York University.
Our volunteers serve as academic tutors working one-on-one or in small groups with incarcerated students in correctional facilities in order to support their academic achievement. We primarily support students enrolled in high school classes or high school equivalency (GED/TASC) programs. We also support students in English as a Second Language (ELS) classes and CUNY Assessment Test preparation classes. We have a limited number of opportunities for qualified volunteers (PhD candidates) to serve as teaching assistants for college courses at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility through the Marymount Manhattan College Program.