M:STL-Wash U Prison Education Project Reentry Capacity VISTA
This VISTA project will support and expand the Prison Education Project's current anti-poverty work in the St. Louis area. Offering both an Associate's and Bachelor's Degree to incarcerated students at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO and the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Vandalia, MO, PEP provides incarcerated Missourians with a powerful job credential that improves employment outcomes and reduces the poverty-producing effects of incarceration. While delivering a college education is the core of our mission, PEP's work is by no means limited to the classroom. Employing a four-person core reentry team, supported by numerous community members, interns, and volunteers, PEP provides reentry services to enrolled students beginning one year before release, and continuing indefinitely following release. At present, however, our reentry team is limited by the availability of resources in the St. Louis area, particularly in housing, mental health care, and transportation. Through the Reentry Capacity VISTA project, PEP's reentry team will develop a more comprehensive approach to reentry resource use in the region, enabling collaboration with existing organizations to provide PEP students and alumni with a wide range of services and support, enhancing our ability to connect graduates to good-paying jobs, stable housing, and social supports that ensure successful reentry. By creating permanent resources that can be used to help incarcerated students prepare and plan for reentry, generating training materials for workshop facilitators in effectively engaging with incarcerated students, and creating and deepening networks of St. Louis-area reentry support organizations to promote a community-based collaborative response to the needs of the formerly incarcerated, the Reentry Capacity VISTA will create sustainable resources that have an impact on the reentry community long after the year of service has concluded. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.
Member Duties : The Reentry Capacity VISTA member will increase the capacity of the Prison Education Project's (PEP) reentry support team by developing and coordinating new programming tools for current PEP students and alumni. These measures will ensure the sustainability of PEP's reentry programming, which works to reduce barriers to employment, promote financial stability, and find and maintain stable housing. These are areas of pressing need, given that formerly incarcerated individuals suffer disproportionately from unemployment, homelessness, and poverty. Successful reentry has the potential to be a meaningful anti-poverty measure, since poverty is not only a predictive factor in incarceration, but incarceration also generates and perpetuates poverty.
Program Benefits : Training , Childcare assistance if eligible , Relocation Allowance , Health Coverage* , Living Allowance , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend .
Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours .
Service Areas :
Housing , Ex-Offender Reentry .
General Skills , Team Work .
- Child Care
- Predictive Analytics
- Operations Within The Penal System