Forward Promise Innovation Grantee

The Evergreen State College

Gateways for Incarcerated Youth

Bridging the gap between incarceration and education.

The Evergreen State College’s educational program, Gateways, offers incarcerated youth the opportunity and support they need to complete their education. The Gateways program positions incarcerated students as the drivers of their educational experiences. It provides transition support to help them embark on a course toward success and away from the correctional system.


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Youth, Interrupted

January 5, 2011 – The International Examiner profiles young men in the Gateway for Incarcerated Youth program, offering a glimpse of life on the inside.

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Part II: Youth, Interrupted

January 19, 2011 – The International Examiner continues its exposé of incarcerated young men and shares stories of Gateway for Incercerated Youth's work in rehabilitation for these men.

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P, a 20 year old African American, had been recently released from a juvenile correctional institution when he enrolled in the Gateways class for one quarter. He was matched with a Gateways mentor who helped him prepare for and pass the high school equivalency exam. Together they also researched college programs and completed financial aid and college applications. The program helped P reach his self-identified goal to start an arts expression group for incarcerated youth. Now P attends a local community college full-time and works as a case manager for at-risk and vulnerable youth. He speaks frequently on his experiences in hopes of inspiring other young men.