Break Description


Do you believe that education is a basic human right? Are you interested in learning more about, and challenging, mass incarceration in our region? Then you need to join us at Appalachian Prison Book Project! Since 2005, APBP has mailed over 30,000 free books to people imprisoned in six Appalachian states.

Many prisons do not have educational programs, have small and underfunded prison libraries, and have restrictions that make it very difficult for prisoners to receive books from friends and family on the outside. We’ll join APBP’s dedicated team to read letters from incarcerated individuals, identify and locate requested books, and prepare those books to be mailed. We’ll also have opportunities to learn about APBP’s educational efforts within local prisons. Our work will have an impact long after our break. As APBP notes, “A single book can also reach many more people than the original recipient: Mailed books are often passed around and eventually donated to prison libraries.”

During our stay in Morgantown, we’ll be eating and sleeping at a local church (bring sleeping pads or air mattresses!). APBP’s workspace is on the second floor of a non-elevator building. Otherwise, the service should be accessible to folks with a wide range of abilities.

Before you hit the books this spring, do your part to expand access to books and education!

Focus on: Empowering Vulnerable Populations

Community: Morgantown, WV

Leaders: Tatiana Satorre-Tate & Caroline Suddith

Cost: $160

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Winter Break

Departure Date: 01-07-2020

Return Date: 01-10-2020

What community partner will you be working with? Appalachian Prison Book Project

Currently Offered?: Yes

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