Creativity Can’t be Incarcerated

Posters, portraits and artwork highlighting the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth program’s work with juvenile residents of the the Green Hill School.

Rappers from the Green Hill School (juvenile incarceration facility.) Produced by Hami Bahadori and the Green Hill School residents.

Gateways for Incarcerated Youth is a 20-year collaboration between The Evergreen State College and Washington’s Juvenile Justice & Rehabilitation Administration. Through its various components, including a College Class and an Academic Mentoring Program (AMP), Gateways provides juvenile males—while incarcerated at Green Hill Institution in Chehalis, Washington, and in their post-release communities—with support to pursue educational goals, acquire leadership skills, and to enhance and express the artistic and other talents that they possess. The College Class features Green Hill classroom activities, including seminars and workshops, jointly planned and facilitated by Evergreen students and incarcerated youth. As participants in AMP, Evergreen students serve as mentors and tutors to youth, both at Green Hill and in transition at group homes in Olympia and Lakewood, Washington. Guided by the principles of popular education, Evergreen and Green Hill students collaborate to further their educational journeys and, in the process, work toward a more just future for all.  –Chico Herbison, Gateways Faculty Member