The Irvin Stern Foundation continues their commitment to helping under-served populations with a grant to the Prison University Project. Funding helps the organization’s College Program, the central project of the Prison University Project. It provides approximately 12 college courses each semester in the humanities, social sciences, math and science, as well as intensive college preparatory courses in math and English, to approximately 200 men at San Quentin. All faculty in the Program work as volunteers. Click here for more photos of the College behind bars.
Irvin Stern Foundation recently committed funding to support Turnaround For Children, New York City, as part of the Foundation’s support for alternative and entrepreneurial education initiatives and educational reform. Turnaround helps transform the worst performing early-education schools by creating a safe, calm, positive environment. Working with local school administrators, the Turnaround Approach is to “parachute in” an instructional support team and a student intervention team to deal with severe behavioral and mental health needs. Turnaround is currently in 24 schools serving almost 10,000 students and, this school year, will launch three programs in Washington D.C., and the entire district of Orange, New Jersey.
As part of the Irvin Stern trustees’ long-standing interest in a peaceful and stable region, the Foundation renewed their support of the RAND Corporation plan for building a viable Palestinian state. The Palestine Arc Project, developed in collaboration with Suisman Urban Design, is an architectural and urban development plan to provide the country with an arc shaped transportation and infrastructure corridor. An 8-minute video can be viewed at the Friends of the Arc website. The complete 30-minute video is available at the RAND Corporation’s website.