How does it work?

1. APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Anyone can apply (all faith backgrounds are welcome)
  • Participation is voluntary
  • GED required
  • A lengthy application is filled out with several
    essay questions, and background history
  • Trinity International University and WIEA inquire regarding any safety or disciplinary concerns
  • Face-to-face interview that sets high expectations
  • Acceptance is announced

2. PREPARATION

  • Pre-program curriculum to prepare for college curriculum
  • The pre-program curriculum includes a list of books to read and papers to write
  • Summer time frame

3. CLASS WORK

  • Adjunct professors are provided by Trinity International University
  • Class goes from morning til dinner, five days a week, 8 hours per day
  • 15 credits per term, three terms per year
  • Summer internship program
  • Inmates will need to willingly go back into maximum security (where classes are held) in order to participate
  • Observable spiritual, mental and emotional transformation happens in students

4. GRADUATION AND FIELD MENTORS

  • Graduates receive an accredited degree
  • After graduation inmates become Field Mentors
  • Field Mentors are inmates who graduate from the program who counsel, educate, and mentor other inmates
  • They live with and connect with other inmates – peer-to-peer — within the prison environment
  • They often have credibility with the most influential inmates (gatekeepers), because they are influential gatekeepers in the prison and in their communities
  • Research has shown that these Field Mentors are catalysts for personal transformation and reduction in violence
  • Field Mentors function as peacemakers

5. ADDING MORE STUDENTS

  • 25 students will be added each year
  • In 2-3 years we plan to increase the size of our classroom facilities