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How can you help?

PEP volunteers help by investing their time and sharing their personal experiences and knowledge. Volunteers expose in-custody students to substantive content that allows them to transform their lives. Each volunteer commits to one 60 or 90-minute session per week for seven weeks. Volunteers give presentations in groups in modules such as:  

Academic Orientation, Life Skills, Enrichment. 


Academic Orientation Module: Introduction to College, Introductory Courses in Math, Writing, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Astronomy, and STEM Fields

Life Skills Module: Career Development, Soft Skills, Financial Literacy, Forgiveness & Healing, Building Healthy Relationships.

Enrichment Module: Creative Writing, Creative Expression, Screenwriting, Shakespeare, Yoga & Meditation, Modern Dance, Creative Expression, Mindfulness, Stand Up Comedy, Link to PEP Art featured on NPR

There are three 7-Week PEP semesters during the year: Fall, Spring, Summer. There is a mandatory orientation session for new volunteers at the beginning of each PEP semester. See PEP Course Outlines. The mandatory PEP-CDCR orientation training for the Fall 2023 Semester will be held virtually on Sunday, August 25, 2023 2:00-4:00 p.m. (PST). If you are interested in teaching a course with PEP in Fall 2023, complete our Interest Form.

PEP Student Volunteers are from many colleges, including: USC, UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, Pitzer College, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Los Angeles, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Sacramento State, Cal State Stanislaus, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, Pasadena City College, Claremont McKenna, San Diego State, and the University of Hawaii.

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