Rising Hope, Inc. provides one year of college-level courses to people incarcerated in New York state prisons.  These currently include Sing Sing,  Fishkill, and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities.  These courses are taught by volunteers, often distinguished in their fields, who freely give their time and expertise to help the incarcerated find a path to living a positive life through education and service.  The courses are offered without cost to the students.

In November of 2016 the National College Credit Recommendation Service recognized five Rising Hope courses for college credit recommendations. NCCRS sets a national standard for acceptable college courses. In addition, Nyack College has an agreement with Rising Hope.  Rising Hope alumni entering Nyack College’s Organizational Management degree program will be granted transfer credit for up to 30 credit hours of Rising Hope courses.

The curriculum studies Christianity from a scholarly perspective.  We do not engage in proselytizing.  All faith traditions are treated with respect.  Students of all faith traditions are welcome to participate in this program.  It is the only undergraduate interfaith program in the New York State prison system.

Rising Hope, Inc. admits students of all races, colors, national and ethnic origins, religions, ages, genders, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available to students of the program.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or any other administered programs.

Finding Your Voice
Alumnus Renny Smith shows us how: