The Transcending Through Education Foundation (“TTEF” or the “Foundation”) is a non-profit organization that provides resources and support for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals in Rhode Island state prisons to obtain higher education. Approximately 95% of incarcerated individuals are released from prison, and about 60% of them eventually return to prison. Education has been shown to reduce recidivism. It also provides individuals a meaningful opportunity to lead better lives and to give back to their community. TTEF believes that individuals can transcend their current circumstances through the pursuit of education.
Founded in 2012, TTEF connects incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people pursuing a higher education with targeted resources so that they successfully complete their studies. Through a powerful narrative of self-empowerment and giving back, the TTEF seeks to reverse the School-to-Prison Pipeline and establish a Prison-to-School Pipeline. TTEF’s three founders were all formerly incarcerated in Rhode Island and upon their release went on to pursue a higher education. Now they seek to provide currently incarcerated persons with the financial, motivational and other support to do the same.
TTEF provides the following support services:
• Partners with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to sponsor Community College of Rhode Island courses in prison.
• Awards annual scholarships of up to $1,000 to those who have been accepted to post-secondary institutions.
• Conducts in-prison workshops about applying to college and for financial aid with a criminal record.
• Provides awardees with personal mentors who have traveled a similar path.