Mass Incarceration: Outreach Opportunities

A number of organizations are engaged in the three focus areas of our task force. We encourage you to connect with one of these organizations. Invite others to join you in these volunteer opportunities.

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Life Ties

Mentoring teens


Teri Triano-Davis, Mentor Coordinator, 609.671.0040

COVID-19 update: currently tutoring virtually; “plenty of youth who need mentors”

Isles Youth Institute

Mentoring or tutoring youth


609.341.4700, Email

COVID-19 update: currently on hold while they explore virtual options

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Get SET program: after school program for K-8, M-F 3-5:45 p.m.; homework help, mentoring, crafts


Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen, 609.498.7419

COVID-19 update: currently on hold


Certificate in Theology & Ministry: Inside

Outside students (anyone can apply) agree to meet weekly, for 19 weeks, alongside inmates also enrolled in this Princeton Theological Seminary program at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Bordentown, NJ.


COVID-19 update: on pause for 2020-2021 academic year

Petey Greene Program

GED tutoring at Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility or Garden State Youth Correction

Weekly time commitment of 7:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays door-to-door from Princeton University campus.

">Holly Polakiewicz, Regional Manager, 732.221.9142


COVID-19 update: for the Fall 2020 semester, PGP tutors will provide virtual tutoring to returning citizens served by Fresh Start Library locations. Fresh Start @ Your Library is a statewide library reentry program that is focused on reconnecting returning citizens with their communities at public libraries.

Pen Pal Letter-writing

We will connect you with an incarcerated person seeking a pen pal.

Marcia Van Dyke, (NPC Member) 609.924.7597


NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services

Become a mentor for a returning citizen


Austin Morreale, 732.675.1452

COVID-19 update: currently functioning virtually or in person with social distancing precautions at the discretion of clients and mentors.

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.)

Tutoring adults, mornings or afternoons.


Calmia “Mia” Hart, 609.695.5456

COVID-19 update: currently tutoring virtually


People & Stories//Gente y Cuentos

Reading and discussing stories


Cheyenne Wolf, 609.882.4926

COVID-19 update: currently functioning virtually

Other Faith-Based Organizations

American Friends Service Committee New Jersey Prison Watch Project


Bonnie Kerness, 973-643-3192

UU (Unitarian Universalist) Faith Action NJ


Reformed Church of Highland Park


Other Non-Profit Organizations

Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

Meetings 1st Tuesday of the month, Lawrenceville Public Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648



New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ)


The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, online journalism organization focusing on issues related to criminal justice in the United States,


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