We changed the name of the program, “Continuing Education After NWRSAT” to “Life After NWRSAT”.
What we found is that though obtaining a GED while incarcerated, as well as pursuing further education after release, were GDC teacher, turned volunteer (and Achieve Greater Success Founder and CEO), Linary Kingdon’s priorities, experience/reality showed that housing and employment were the men’s higher priorities after release.
Yes, after being in school and experiencing success while incarcerated, they had more confidence in their academic abilities and belief that they could create better futures for themselves and families, however, they also had to face the reality that they had to have secure, stable housing, which usually meant they had to have a decent paying job in order to maintain that housing. Then add to that the financial responsibilities for supporting their families, while also paying off fines and other obligations. IT’S A MIRACLE MORE DON’T RETURN TO PRISON BECAUSE OF THE CARDS STACKED AGAINST THEM, THAN DO!!!!
We need to figure out how to help released men and women BOTH work AND continue their education….especially those who were not able to complete their GED while serving their time.
We have additional data to share regarding our Life After NWRSAT program and will do so in the near future. (4/5/17 edit: It won’t be the near future because too many things are happening too fast (thankfully, mostly good things). We will post it when we can.)