This engaging episode features an in-depth and informative conversation with three Claremont residents and prominent leaders of Project Rebound and the Prison Education Project; Romarilyn Ralston, Dr. Vanessa Ovalle Perez and Ernst Fenelon, Jr. These accomplished and driven community contributors are part of the driving force behind Project Rebound, a group which is dedicated to assisting and encouraging recently and currently incarcerated people who have committed to a path of self-betterment. This inspiring, deeply honest interview shows how much those who really want to make a difference, despite serious setbacks, can become a force for positive change in themselves and help bring others up the ladder with them. The stellar panel illuminates how Project Rebound and the Prison Education Project, state-wide programs at 14 Cal-State campuses, achieves a proven recidivism rate of under 15%, - with some locations at 0% (yes, ZERO) - as compared to the state system's rate of 50%. They eloquently posit that if taxpayers are concerned with getting the best value for their tax dollars, then Project Rebound's success should be supported, scaled and spread. Enjoy this uplifting discussion, then forward the link to those you know who would benefit from all the good that Project Rebound does.
Dr. Vanessa Ovalle Perez
Assistant Professor of English (Chicanx/Latinx Literature)
Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Correctional Education
Department of English || California State University, San Bernardino
Romarilyn Ralston, M.L.A.
Program Director, Project Rebound
Co-Chair, Policy and Advocacy Committee, California State University Project Rebound Consortium
Ernst Fenelon, Jr.
International Author & Public Speaker, Transformational Life Coach, wholistic Justice Advocate, Moderator, and Homeschool Parent.
Author of the self-empowerment book “Three Things That Everybody Wants To Know About You; Five-Step Plan For Life Success”.
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