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Overview of Incarcerated Education Program

Have you ever had a dream so big you don't think you will ever get to it.
I do. I try to survive even if my dreams never come true.
I try to live my life. I try to do it right.
It is hard when there is no light.
Can I survive if my dreams don't come true.
I am trying to live my life, trying to do it right.

No incarcerated arts education can change the neighborhoods or economically disadvantaged circumstances that those released from incarceration return to, nor can they change the negative experiences they been exposed to, but NYSLC's Incarcerated Education Program at Monroe Correctional Facility challenges, motivates, and provides tools for those incarcerated to develop a new perspective on life, a new way of thinking about themselves, their families, and their community. The Incarcerated Education Program offers educational opportunities that give those incarcerated a new enthusiasm to learn, and they have been proven to reduce the recidivism rate.

"We need to know there is more. We need to know there are other options. We need to know history. We need to see a path to the future. We lack a sense of belief. To accomplish anything, you need first to believe you can. NYSLC is a great example of how to connect with others, discuss topics concerning growth and education, show our families a different part of life, and inspire us to shoot for our dreams."


Ongoing assessment and research informs the development of NYSLC's Incarcerated Education Program. NYLSLC's goal is to make education relevant, introduce different ideas and perspectives, and to enlarge the view of Rochester for those incarcerated. 

The Community Engagement Seminar


Notes of Two Rochester Native Sons
The New York State Literary Center's Community Engagement Seminar Monroe Correctional Facility
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Food For Thought, a Newsletter Written by Inmates at Monroe Correctional Facility. 
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Narratives of Our Life and Times
Narrative of Our Life and Times is a NYSLC arts learning project completed at Monroe County Jail. It was designed and developed as a means for incarcerated youth to reach out and share their thoughts and observations on their neighborhoods and their community. Dale Davis, NYSLC artist intern, Juliana Muniz, and Rochester City School District teachers, Charles Hetterich and Takisha Times, worked together with the youth on this project. Narrative of Our Life and Times was made possible with funding from the Guido and Ellen Palma Foundation, the Rochester City School District, the Office of The Sheriff, County of Monroe, and the New York State Council on the Arts. The New York State Literary Center thanks the City of Rochester, Rochester, New York; Rochester Public Library, Local History Division; and the Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum and Science Center for permission to use the photographs. 

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Where We Have Been: 1964
An Educational Collaboration on the Summer of 1964, Performed at Monroe Correctional Facility, August 6, 2014




Rebuilding Families



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