The Partakers Empowerment Program

The Partakers Empowerment Program

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The Partakers Empowerment Program is a re-entry initiative that aspires to transform the lives of incarcerated women and men by promoting access to higher education, developmental networks, and resources to get started.

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Partakers is a non-profit organization that supports Massachusetts prison education by coordinating teams of volunteers who mentor incarcerated women and men as they pursue higher education through the Boston University Prison Education Program, the Boston College Prison Initiative, the Tufts Prison Initiative, and the Emerson Prison Initiative.

Through its College Behind Bars mentoring program, incarcerated people enhance skills critical to completing a college degree, and build trusting personal relationships. Both activities significantly increase their chances for success when they return to the community. The Partakers Empowerment Program contributes to this mission.

How you can help: 

Our goal for the year: $35,000 for 30 students 

We are raising funds for continuing 12-week cycles for 2021 and 2022. All donations support individuals returning from incarceration to further their education and better prepare them for a successful life. We are raising funds for laptops, materials, and other essential costs related to the program to ensure zero expenses our participants. To learn more, and how your donations can contribute, please read below. Thank you in advance for your contribution! 

What is The Partakers Empowerment Program?

The Partakers Empowerment Program is a re-entry initiative that aspires to help formerly incarcerated women and men successfully re-enter society by providing access to resources critical to their success. Referrals and workshops in Computer Technical Training, Professionalism/Employment, Wellness, and Financial Literacy help remove barriers and present the opportunity for people in the program to successfully reintegrate back into society. We provide:

  • A 12-week program with 90 minute workshops
  • A total of 6 workshop topics: 2 weeks on each topic + office hours and tech support throughout 
  • All essential materials for successful completion of the course which include a laptop, binder, and notebook


  • First Meeting-Orientation:
  • Introduction to Partakers Empowerment Program
  • Program Expectations 
  • Zoom Etiquette: muting, raising hand, widening screen
  • Workshop topic menu and feedback 
  • Access to tech/program support 
  • Workshop 1-Technology: Introduction to the Partakers Empowerment Program laptops, the benefits of technology in the workplace and at home, and an overview as to how we will provide tech support throughout the program 
  • Workshop 2-Civic Re-engagement: Navigating the process to apply for healthcare, driver's license, bus pass, social security card, birth certificate, voter's registration, and income tax filing, (possible) expungement document compiling/eligibility
  • Workshop 3-Health and Wellness: Health risk assessments, screening, nutrition, vaccinations, health care navigator, developing a healthy social network
  • Workshop 4-Professionalism:  Resume writing, employment connections, image perception, interviewing, workplace etiquette, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, CORI 
  • Workshop 5-Financial Literacy: Obtaining the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and understanding credit  
  • Workshop 6-Education: Literacy writing offered by Brandeis University to further continuing education

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