How Our Programs Work

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A Gateways education, like most offerings at Evergreen, is not your typical academic experience.

There are no pre-programmed majors, core competencies or prerequisites. Faculty prepare descriptive syllabuses, as opposed to prescriptive curriculum. Classes and workshops link theory to lived experience and current events.

Gateways College Classes

Evergreen faculty offer the Gateways College Class twice a week inside the Green Hill School, a juvenile correctional facility for young men under age 21.

Unique features include:

  • Evergreen students and incarcerated youth learn together in the same classroom
  • Both college and high school credits can be earned
  • Incarcerated youth help design lesson plans and lead workshops with other students

Academic Mentoring Program

College students from Evergreen and community volunteers provide academic mentoring within Washington’s Juvenile Justice an Rehabilitation Administration facilities. Gateways’ Academic Mentoring Program engages youth through individual, peer, and group mentoring models.

Exposure and access to higher education, in all forms, is the major component of the program. Mentors help youth identify their interests and develop goals based on their sentences. Gateways staff work to connect youth with a wide variety of resources both within the institutions and community.

This project receives support from the Washington Campus Compact College Access Corps, part of the AmeriCorps program.

Community Education

Gateways is a program rooted in social justice and social change. We educate locally and nationally on the educational needs of incarcerated youth.

We partner with a wide range of community groups and within both public and private sectors to:

  • Conduct presentations, workshops and trainings
  • Create opportunities for youth to tell their own stories