THE PETEY GREENE PROGRAM IN PENNSYLVANIA
The Petey Greene Program supplements education in correctional institutions by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people.
The Petey Greene Program has been active in Philadelphia since the Spring of 2015. We recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to serve as academic tutors at four different correctional facilities in the area, including one juvenile detention center. Their tutors are primarily undergraduate students from Haverford College, Saint Joseph’s University, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania, but they also welcome volunteers from the broader Philadelphia community.
Volunteers serve as academic tutors, working one-on-one or in small groups with incarcerated students in order to support their academic achievement. They work with students on literacy and English as a Second Language, while also supporting students who are seeking their high school equivalency (formerly known as the GED) or high school diploma.
The volunteer opportunity is a weekly commitment, with tutoring sessions typically lasting 3-4 hours including transportation time. Consistency is crucial for our students’ academic success and is something that sets us apart from other volunteering programs. As such, volunteers are required to tutor weekly throughout the academic semester (preferably for two consecutive semesters). They do not expect volunteers to attend tutoring during academic breaks or exam periods.
Before beginning tutoring, all volunteers are required to complete a 5 hour training run by Petey Greene program staff. The new volunteer must also complete the necessary facility clearance paperwork and attend a facility orientation. We will also host events and follow-up trainings that we will ask you to tend.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available within our program in Philadelphia. They involve different correctional systems with distinct populations, and have different eligibility and travel requirements. Each facility requires volunteers to complete clearance paperwork and participate in an on-site orientation. The orientations vary in length and frequency.
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