Vocational job training materials are among the most requested by incarcerated men and women. Inmates want to support themselves when released. Level custom creates free job training guides made specifically for inmates.
Level is creating the first free Creative Commons licensed GED test preparation guides. Inmates can use these to learn independently or with groups. Adults with a high school education earn 32% more than those without and have 27% lower unemployment.
Visual art, creative writing, meditation and personal development are hugely popular resources among incarcerated men and women. Level creates guides that help develop the whole person to strengthen the self and relations with others.
Level’s learning material is effective because it’s custom created specifically to support adult learners who have been failed by traditional education systems. To accomplish this, Level prioritizes an educational philosophy that acknowledges, accepts, supports and encourages adults in their journey to self improvement.
Level’s content is accessible because it can be distributed at scale to inmates without any internet access. Level's learning guides are printed on any standard printer, folded and sent via mail. They become the permanent property of each inmate who can use them anytime for individual or group learning.
Prisoners are some of the poorest and most disenfranchised members of our society, cut off from technology, education, income, and opportunity. Level believes that education is a human right and a mechanism to help all of us see past initial labels into the potential we all have inside.
Jethro is serving a six year sentence at Beto unit in Anderson County, Texas. It's been a very long time since he was in school. Jethro was inspired by his daughter's high school graduation to finish his own high school diploma. Jethro's dad used to call him a knucklehead, and his ex-wife (rightfully) describes him as a neglectful, inadequate husband and father.
Jethro believes that he is a mixed bag and probably - not definitely - can finish his GED. Level can help get Jethro over the hump with some old math, science and grammar he didn't remember anymore, or didn't recognize in the way the questions were asked.
Reginald is serving eight years at Clemens unit in Brazoria County, Texas. He's been told more than once that if he doesn't understand something, it's because he's lazy and not smart enough. It turns out he likely has an undiagnosed math learning disability - he needs at least a study partner to make progress. Partners don't come easy to Reginald, at least not the useful kind.
Reginald's goal is to finish the GED he started a few years ago during a pilot program that lost funding so that he can go to auto mechanic school when he gets out. He also needs to begin learning about how newer cars work so he can be familiar with working on them. Level can help Reginald with math and some vocational training, and can provide a structure that helps him work with a partner.
Sierra is awaiting transfer to the Crain Unit in Gatesville, Texas. Her partner is also incarcerated - soon they'll both be - and neither of their families have ever valued education very much. Sierra's often been told that she's too dumb to solve her own problems right. She believes that she's done nothing wrong, that everything that's happened to her couldn't be helped. Neither thoughts are very productive, or true.
Sierra's always felt a connection with expressing herself with drawing, but she never had much courage to do anything with it except when she was high. She's now got a lot of time ahead of her and is looking to spend time doing something that feels productive and interesting and maybe helps her change old patterns. Level can help Sierra access and explore meaningful sides of herself through creative visual arts and an ongoing mindfulness practice.
Level envisions a world in which adults of all economic backgrounds have access to free, high quality learning materials to help them achieve their goals. Level's approach can be scaled to reach an even wider audience than the impossibly large number of incarcerated Americans.
Reach 160,000 men and women incarcerated in State prisons in Texas, growing to target 1.4 million inmates nationwide.
Partner with municipal programs to reach teachers and adult learners in demand driven workforce development programs.
Expand marketing and content production to target a broad audience of adults seeking economic advancement and personal development.
Level has the opportunity to reach 200,000 people in the next 2 years expanding to 5 million in 5 years. To get there, we'll need to work with a lot of awesome people ... like you.