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MyTERN: Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College

$30,520
305%
Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
220 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on July 10, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Help People Transition Home from Prison through MyTERN

This crowdfunding project has ended, but you can still support the Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College. Thank you for your continued support!

THANK YOU AGAIN !

THANK YOU once again for making a gift this past month to the Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College’s: Tufts Educational Reentry Network (TERN)! You enabled us to reach and far surpass our fundraising expectations, transcending twice our original goal! Our network is raring to go; planning trainings, application processes, program agreements, and course syllabi. Our network and future participant-applicants are regularly updated on the status of this crowdfunding, and all contributions continually motivate and inspire our team’s hard work.

 

Your help allowed us to:

1. sponsor 8 people coming home from prison for nine months of programming and re-entry mentorship through MyTERN

2. Provide COVID-19 Protection kits to ensure a healthy learning environment for participants and instructors

3. Facilitate MyTERN Zoom sessions with incarcerated students at Nashua Street Jail

4. Develop a MyTERN advisory and program assessment committee of formerly incarcerated Educational Justice Fellows.

Our participants, instructor-mentors, Tufts graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty all thank you for your help as we prepare to embark on this educational and transformative journey. 

 

Our next steps now involve continuing to help MyTERN flourish and become sustainable, as well as planning a fall symposium with monthly panels! We will be working with our numerous on-campus and off-campus TERN partners. These speaker sessions will center the voices of formerly incarcerated people who will address the value of education, support, and opportunity for incarcerated people and returning citizens; you (our private donor base!) will receive email invitations in some cases. 

 

We certainly could not have done this without your generosity and support, which makes a direct impact on both TUPIT and TERN. You have helped us reach our goals, make the program more sustainable, and increase access to higher education for people who would not have had it otherwise. Thank you again!

 

THANK YOU 

Our Network is excited and grateful for those of you who donated to help us DOUBLE our $10,000 goal in only 8 days!!!!!!

We are now stretching the goal to $30,000!

PLEASE CLICK THE "UPDATES (2)" TAB ABOVE TO LEARN WHAT YOUR ADDITIONAL, AND CRITICAL, FUNDS WILL PROVIDE TO PEOPLE COMING HOME FROM PRISON AND JAILS AND TO PEOPLE STILL INSIDE THROUGH THE MyTERN PROGRAM.

What's New at The Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College (TUPIT)?!

A little more than a year ago, we crowdfunded for TUPIT’s college-in-prison program. The people you sponsored have thrived in their classes. The experience you helped to provide has fostered their growth and self-confidence and provided vital support to their loved ones. It has also transformed the many Tufts community members who have been lucky to work with them. Your help with our first round of crowdfunding was quite literally life-changing. And our students’ commitment to thinking, learning, and growing has only increased. Many are now preparing for release from prison, and they need your continued support! 

"I just cannot wait to be a part of the TERN program. Seeing how much I developed from being in the [TUPIT] program while incarcerated, I just know that the sky’s the limit in TERN." -Jeffrey Raphael, Tisch College Educational Justice Fellow and future MyTERN participant 

Tufts Education Re-entry Network (TERN)

Together, a group of formerly incarcerated people and their families, Tufts students and faculty, and critical community re-entry organization leaders have come together as the Tufts Education Re-entry Network or TERN. We are all now working closely together to create and deliver MyTERN, credentialed skills-based courses and individualized mentorship for people coming out of prison. There will be no cost to participants.

 

The MyTERN Program and how you can help

We teach and learn at Tufts that everyone should experience the excitement of profoundly transformative education that fosters personal growth. We are developing MyTERN as just that, a new program that cultivates personal development and supports the continuing education and increased employability, success, and well-being of people directly impacted by the criminal justice system who are no longer in prison. 

We are asking for your help in supporting the first MyTERN cohort as this group navigates a transition out of prison, one made even more difficult by the added challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your critical donation will help the TERN Network provide formerly incarcerated people in Massachusetts with transformative educational and employment-based resources. 

 

What is MyTERN?

MyTERN aims to improve health, wellness, and self-efficacy, while cultivating employability and a desire to learn and pursue further higher education...

  • MyTERN is an education program that INTEGRATES PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE OF INCARCERATION AS PROGRAM LEADERS, instructors, and mentors for people coming home. 

  • The 9-month program also FULLY INTEGRATES TUFTS STUDENTS who are trained and experienced with co-learning and tutoring people in jails and prisons through The Petey Greene Program

  • MyTERN includes 2 Tufts accredited courses and certifications at NO COST TO PARTICIPANTS.

  • MyTERN will be DELIVERED AT A BOSTON COMMUNITY CENTER.

  • MyTERN is a COLLABORATIVE, COLLECTIVE IMPACT PROJECT integrating the many resources of the Boston Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens and numerous other state, county and non-profit re-entry service providing partner organizations.

 

MyTERN 4 modules + capstone internship component

  1. Civic Studies: Literatures of Justice (Tufts course credits)

  2. Computer Proficiency (Microsoft certifications)    

  3. STEM Studies: Introduction to Coding and Website Development (Tufts course credits)

  4. Financial Literacy (with certification), Entrepreneurship and business development support, Professionalization skills, with Internship

The success, talent, and drive we have seen in our current incarcerated students constantly reminds us of the power of education and the critical need for increased opportunity. Please donate today so that a cohort of people returning to society after serving their sentences will have the resources, expertise, and care that will help make success possible through this exciting and life-altering program. 

 

Why support MyTERN, especially NOW?

  • In the wake of COVID-19, people releasing from prison face a DECLINING JOB MARKETFEWER SAFER HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES, and SOCIAL ISOLATION. Additionally, both MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ARE LESS ACCESSIBLE

  • In the United States, of the 7 million adults under some form of criminal justice supervision, including incarceration, probation, and parole (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2011), 730,000 individuals are released from facilities annually (West, Sabol, & Greenman, 2010). 

  • People releasing face countless obstacles -- in housing, employment, mental and physical health, educational attainment, and the attainment of self-efficacy and self-confidence (Petersilia, 2003). 

  • As a result of these obstacles, 75% of people released from state prisons are reincarcerated within 5 years (Davis et al., 2013). 

 

This is why we need your help now more than ever

to support the first MyTERN cohort!  

 

All gifts support individuals returning home from prison by covering the costs of:

Books and Materials

Chromebooks

Testing Certifications

Transportation Stipends

Internship Support

 

WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROJECT! 

 

Levels
Choose a giving level

$25

Notebooks and Organizers

Cover the cost of notebooks and organizers for one participant for the entirety of the MyTERN program

$75

Books and Readers

Cover the cost of all books and course readers for one participant for the entirety of the MyTERN program

$100

One Microsoft Certification

Cover the cost of one Microsoft computer skill certification exam for one participant in the MyTERN program

$250

One Chromebook

Cover the cost of one Chromebook for one participant in the MyTERN program

$500

One Student's Materials

Cover all of one person’s educational materials for the MyTERN program

$1,000

Capstone Internship

Cover one person's stipend for a hands-on internship with a local business or non-profit organization

$2,250

Cost of Entire Program for One

Sponsor a person coming home from prison for nine months of programming and re-entry mentorship through MyTERN

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