Innovator Monteiro Receives $240K Foundation Grant to Support Education for Incarcerated

Friday, June 05, 2020

 

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James Monteiro

James Monteiro, a leader creating innovative strategies to educate the incarcerated, told GoLocal about the recent national funding his Reentry Campus Program has received and discussed the challenges of continuing the program during the limitations of coronavirus. 

“Right now our main mission and our focus is to help currently and formerly incarcerated people finish the post-secondary education that they started behind prison walls -- once they're released there's a huge disconnect between what happens inside the prison and what happens when somebody goes home,” said Montiero.

Monteiro said the challenge is difficult now because classes cannot be conducted in the prisons due to the restrictions related to the coronavirus.

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"COVID has presented some challenges to programs nationally in regard to working inside the prison — nobody has access," said Monteiro. "In Rhode Island attorneys just got access back to the prisons to meet with clients," said Monteiro.

"Everything’s online. In prison, we’ve been over-reliant on classroom-style learning. There is no technology in prison. So most of the programs in prison have shut down," said Monteiro. "We’ve done more correspondence based courses but it doesn’t really take the place of interpersonal connection and learning.  That’s been one of the biggest challenges we’ve been facing," he said.

About the Grant

In announcing the grant, Monteiro took to Facebook:

"Super proud to announce that I have been chosen as an Emerging Leader by the Claneil Foundation for the work that we are doing at the Reentry Campus Program! This award will provide us with $240,000 over the next 4 years and allow us to further provide education and resources to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals here in RI. Everything you go through in life prepares you for what you are to become! And once you have found freedom within your own self and circumstances its only right for you to want that for someone else.

Allah (God) is good all the time!"

Founded in 1968, the Claneil Foundation is a private foundation located in the Philadelphia region that seeks to improve the health of families and communities through advancements in health and human services, a sustainable food system, education and the protection of the environment. The Foundation provides general operating grants locally, and awards seed funding to emerging projects and organizations that have the potential for significant impact in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. 

James Monteiro, a leader creating innovative strategies to educate the incarcerated, told GoLocal about the recent national funding his Reentry Campus Program has received and discussed the challenges of continuing the program during the limitations of coronavirus. 

 
 

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