Arthur Bembury, Executive Director of Partakers College Behind Bars, speaks at Trinity.

College Behind Bars

Education can be a game-changer for people behind bars. While incarcerated, many people complete their High School GED. Once this is achieved, prisoners may apply to a college course program administered by Boston University. College Behind Bars is a mentoring program that helps prisoners earn their college degrees.

Each prisoner is supported by a team of four to six volunteers who stay in touch with one another, and work together to support their assigned prisoner. Mentors support the student’s studies in courses taught by college professors. The time commitment generally involves one 3-4 hour visit every other month with another team member. Volunteers also write letters and do online research between visits as needed.

College Behind Bars prepares volunteers to engage with prisoners in this long-term commitment. You will be provided guidelines for everything from writing an introductory letter to what to expect during your first visit to a prison. If you are interested in participating in this life-affirming opportunity, contact the College Behind Bars Ministry Liaison to learn more!

Ministry Leader: Pam Warren