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Guiding this year’s 2022 Smart Justice Spark Grants funding cycle are a team of directly impacted scholars, advocates, and justice reform champions, who will provide feedback on the cycle’s applications and grant-making process They will leverage their combined decades of lived experience to help ensure that the solutions chosen to advance will have a positive, scalable impact on justice impacted scholars.
Less Than a Year Until Federal Pell Grants Will Be Given to Incarcerated Scholars, Students Are Clamoring for Four-Year Degree Programs
Countless students in prison have completed their associate degrees and are ready for the next step. Some incarcerated students even have up to seven associates degrees, which only demonstrates the yearning for education within prisons.
How College of the Redwoods Pelican Bay Scholars Program Is Leading Matthew Barnes, a First Generation Student, to a Bachelor’s of Arts in English
Matthew Barnes, a student in the College of the Redwoods Pelican Bay Scholars Program, shares the impact higher education in prison has had on him, his future plans, and thoughts on California’s Best Practices.
Safeguarding Student Data – SPARC Is Analyzing How Digital Textbook Publishers Gather and Use Personal Information
Via a Spark Grant, SPARC will analyze how the top three to five textbook and coursework publishers are collecting and using student data.
Because of the work of seven impactful and inspiring women, hundreds of incarcerated students from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility are now going home with degrees. The Women Transcending Oral History Research Project will document the stories of successful organizing efforts by incarcerated women, beginning with the story of Bedford Hills.
In an effort to help ensure California’s students may persist and graduate, we are pleased to award Michelson Spark Grants to three organizations that are addressing student basic needs head on.