Volunteers teach classes from pre-college through post-graduate in the Indianapolis Women’s Prison to prepare students for a “future story” (or new beginning) when they get out. This program is now called the Kauffman Program after Kelsey Kauffman who was so instrumental in getting it started.
The mission of the Kauffman Program at the Indiana Women’s Prison is to cultivate success for women in prison who choose the transformative power of education. We provide paths to more opportunity in life through:
The realization of each woman’s creative and intellectual potential
The development of each woman’s positive self-image and ‘can-do’ attitude
The learning of life skills that will improve competitiveness in the working world, and
The commitment to becoming a positive member of her community.
You can help by:
- Purchasing a dictionary for a student to keep ($10 each)
- Receiving email about an Amazon wishlist for books for classes each semester (to be recycled)
- Sponsoring a student in the program (cost of books for a class)
- Teaching a class at the prison
Slate Magazine published a very nice article about our students at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Click here to read the article.
The Women’s Prison Education provides higher education for women incarcerated at the Indiana Women’s Prison, to tap their potential in understanding and solving important problems facing our communities, and to improve theirs and their families’ chances of success upon their release from prison. Educational programs have been proven to reduce recidivism. Education is a win/win benefiting both the participants and Indiana taxpayers. Volunteer teachers and tutors (especially for math and Spanish!) are welcome.
This program focuses on educational opportunities while in prison and housing options upon release. Our students can enroll in college, pre-college and post-college courses that are taught by volunteer faculty at the prison, which is located on the west side of Indianapolis. The students are currently working on a proposal to provide instruction in building trades and horticulture at the prison. Graduates of those programs would spend their final year in prison helping to rehabilitate some of the 7,000 abandoned homes in Indianapolis, and through their sweat equity, earn a home (with mortgage) where they are their families can live upon release.
It is our desire that women will leave prison with a new future story including education &/or housing.
Kelsey Kauffman wrote about the recent victory against lethal injection with the American Pharmacists Association in the Gobin newsletter. If you haven’t read it yet, please take a look and spread the news!