The Petey Greene Program - Volunteer Application

COVID-19 Announcement

Due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 public health crisis, particularly for incarcerated people and volunteers, the Petey Greene Program will provide primarily virtual tutoring support for students learning in various re-entry and institutional settings during Summer 2021.

Please be aware that due to these changes, there are a very limited number of tutoring spots available at this time. However, we encourage you to submit an application and will keep you informed of tutoring opportunities in Summer 2021 or future semesters, as well as other ways to support the Petey Greene Program.
The Petey Greene Program recruits volunteers to support the academic goals of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people across the northeastern United States. Please select the region where you would like to volunteer below, before moving onto the next page.

Pre-Application Checklist

If you haven’t read through the Become a Volunteer page on our website, please do so before completing this application. Once you’ve reviewed that information, here are a few important reminders about the requirements and commitments for Petey Greene Program volunteers.

  • The process of becoming a volunteer is selective. We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for education equality and who are committed to learning about the injustice manifest in our carceral system and to becoming advocates in the movement to reimagine the criminal legal system.

  • All tutoring or TAing is done on a volunteer basis; volunteers accepted into the Petey Greene Program are not paid by the Petey Greene Program.

  • Volunteering is a weekly commitment that lasts a full academic year (two semesters–Fall and Spring). Attendance is required and monitored.

  • Our tutoring calendar typically follows the academic calendar. Volunteers are required to tutor weekly during the semester with the exception of academic breaks, final exam periods, and holidays. Further specifics about the tutoring calendar will be communicated by your Petey Greene Program regional staff member.

  • Tutoring sessions typically last 2 hours. For in-person tutoring, the tutoring commitment can total 3-4 hours per week including transportation time (transportation can take 30-90 minutes each way).

  • All volunteers are required to attend a Pre-service Tutor Training as well as a Regional Orientation before beginning tutoring.

  • During the semester, volunteers are required to attend at least one event in our Volunteer Engagement & Justice Education series, along with a mid-semester debrief, and an end-of-semester focus group. Volunteers may also be required to attend a regional follow-up training on program-specific tutoring practices.

  • Depending on the program, volunteers may also be required to complete clearance paperwork.

  • Depending on the program, volunteers must have, and bring with them each week, a government-issued ID (passport, state ID, or driver’s license).

  • All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. 

Due to risks associated with COVID-19, much of The Petey Greene Program’s tutoring will be conducted virtually this term. For applicants interested in virtual (online) tutoring, please keep in mind these additional requirements:

  • Volunteers must have access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with video-conferencing capabilities.

  • Volunteers must have access to a stable WiFi connection.

The Petey Greene Program operates on a principle of inclusion. The Petey Greene Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, status as a U.S. veteran or criminal record. People of color are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please direct them to:


New Jersey  

New York   



Rhode Island 

Washington D.C.

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a volunteer with the Petey Greene Program. We estimate this application will take roughly 15 minutes to complete.
Contact Information

(This is the email address that we’ll use to contact you about tutoring with The Petey Greene Program.)

(Since you provided us with your school email address, this is the email address that we’ll use to contact you after you graduate, as part of the Petey Greene Program Alumni network).
Permanent Address 
Only complete this section if your current address is different from your permanent address. 

Demographic information





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Experience / Skills

Correctional Facility

You are NOT required to answer this question. If you choose to answer, your answer will not be considered in evaluating your application but may be used to inform your background clearance process or tutoring placement.