Project Rebound

AS  Project Rebound Supports the Following Recommendations during COVID-19

Questions or Concerns?

We are happy to assist you! Please connect with us during our virtual drop in hours: 

Tuesday: 9:30am – 11:30am

Wednesday: 9:30am – 11:30am and 3pm – 6pm

Thursday: 9:30am – 11:30am


Meeting ID: 927 1034 5872 ; Passcode: 432330

Please note, we are committed to maintain your privacy and confidentiality. Please click on the link above to be admitted to our virtual waiting room, and Project Rebound staff member will be with you shortly.

Supporting the formerly incarcerated on their journey through successful reintegration in a college setting.


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.


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Campus and Community Support


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.


Admission Strategies


  1. Fill-out our questionnaire, answering all questions, and return it to our office. (To view PDF files, you may download Adobe Reader)
  2. If you qualify, we will send you an admission packet for SF State.
  3. If you do not qualify, we will not turn you away. We will meet and develop a second strategy to insure that you stay.
  4. It is important to note, if you are determined to be a San Francisco State University student and could not enter the university through the regular admission process, we can discuss other options. For example, you may opt to enroll in the TAB program while attending City College, that will allow you to take 3 units at SF State .
  5. If you have a documented disability, contact the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DOR) further assistance or support. Write to 301 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. 
  6. We can discuss financial aid options with you. (Financial Aid consists of free grants and/or loans given to students attending school.) DO NOT be discouraged. The primary challenge is for individuals who were receiving financial aid at the time of a drug crime for which they were convicted. We can address these issues together.



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.