In 1967 Professor John Irwin created Project Rebound as a way to matriculate people into San Francisco State University directly from the criminal justice system. The focus of Project Rebound quickly became “Education as an Alternative to Incarceration” and “Turning Former Prisoners into Scholars” after being embraced by Associated Students Incorporated. Since the program’s inception, there have been hundreds of formerly incarcerated folks who have obtained four–year degrees and beyond.
The program also acts as a liaison between networks throughout the campus at-large as well as throughout the communities in and around the San Francisco bay area. We are involved in working with college ready teens and adults. As such, we utilize a multitude of educational, tutorial, and vocational resources. Wherein we also focus on service providers that can best serve our student’s needs.
It is our contention that it hard to educate the hungry and homeless. From prison to empowerment, from destitution to the notion of “restorative justice”, we are here to aid those who want to help themselves and to help others. We are still about the business of “each –one – teach –one.” Programs like our cannot exist without people like you who are willing to reach back and help those who have supported you. We accept a limited amount of interns and volunteers each semester who are willing to help the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated population prosper.
The Project Rebound staff is looking for students who are dependable and patient with other people. Students will be working both directly and indirectly with formerly incarcerated people, so all students who work with us can not have any ill feelings towards people who come from either prison or the county jail. The interns are expected to maintain routine work ethic for the whole semester. There is no room to jump around because people are going to depend on you for different things.