TTEF Updates as 2015 Enters the Holiday Season

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Dear TTEF Supporters,

As 2015 begins to wind down, we write about several items. First, we want to wish you a happy upcoming holiday season. We also write to thank you for all of the support you have given TTEF over the last three years.

Because of those efforts, we have been able to support the higher education efforts of 11 individuals by collectively awarding them almost $10,000 in scholarship and grant money. Due to your support, we have also been able to conduct yearly workshops about applying to college with a criminal record across the facilities at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (“RIDOC”) that have reached hundreds of individuals. Also, for some awardees, we have been able to pair them up with mentors so that they have someone they can reach out to for advice as they navigate their higher education journey.

We have been able to do this despite not having any paid staff—in other words, with all-volunteer officers and board members. Soon, however, TTEF plans to embark on a fundraising campaign to, among other things, be able to hire its first staff member. The staff member will help us coordinate and expand our programming (Rhode Island and into other states) and also help us solidify our funding streams and seek out new ones.

We hope you will consider supporting TTEF, including in any of the following, as we begin our fundraising campaign:

  • Donating to TTEF via its updated website.
  • Simply go to the website and click on the “Support Us” tab at the bottom right have of the screen or on the “donate” tab across the top of the screen.
  • When you click on the “Support Us” tab, besides donating, you will also be able to click on the “Shop to Support” icon which will provide links to your favorite online shopping websites, such as Amazon, Target, and many others. If you access these stores via our website, a small percentage of any purchase you make will be donated to TTEF.

If you are able to support TTEF in any of the above ways, or in any other ways you can think of, we thank you in advance.

We also write to give you two more updates. As noted in a previous blog post, TTEF presented at the National Conference of Higher Education in Prison at the University of Pittsburgh. The conference brought together organizations and individuals from across the country that work to develop and bring higher education opportunities to people in prison. This provided TTEF with a great opportunity to profile its programming to other organizations. TTEF’s presentation was well-received, and we hope to build on the connections we made to further collective efforts to expand higher education programming for people in prison.

Lastly, TTEF will be conducting our yearly workshops at the RIDOC this December.

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Moving Donation to TTEF!

On October 18, TTEF conducted presentations at three correctional facilities in Rhode Island: men’s medium and maximum security facilities and the women’s facility.  The presentations went great and were well-attended.  The next day, I received a donation from a friend in maximum security for $20:

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The donation moved me for several reasons.  First, people in Rhode Island prisons are paid between .50 cents and $3.00 per day for working at the prisons.  This means that my friend donated at the least 7 days’ (and at the most 40 days’) pay to TTEF.  Second, the donation is a prime example of common but rarely recognized behavior among people in prison: They support each other’s positive endeavors and wish success for those working  on such pursuits.

Third, and most meaningful, I was especially touched by the following passage in the letter accompanying the donation:

“Anythings possible! Now with the Transcending Foundation.  I know it’s not much but it would truly be my honor to donate and help the next person with their goals of higher learning.”

From all of us at TTEF, we thank you for your donation and for your words!!

NYC Community Forum on Higher Education- Focus on Ending the Prison Cycle

TTEF is a member of the Education From The Inside Out coalition,  are excited to announce that we will co-sponsor, along with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and many community organizations, a community forum entitled:Community Forum on Higher Education to Reduce Recidivism, Transform Lives.

Transcending Through Education Foundation is currently focused on assisting people in Rhode Island, but our work and our supporters are across the nation.  Those in the New York City area are invited to share your experiences and opinions,  learn from others, and build momentum toward making a change.  Please come to gain information about how you can become involved and make a difference.

When: Tuesday, October 22nd, 6pm – 8pmWhere: Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Spread the word!  Download the flyer here. Email ysafdie@collegeandcommunity.org if you would like to co-sponsor the event or have any questions.

RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/CommunityForumHigherEd

We are looking forward to seeing many of you there!

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