Tayba Foundation is dedicated to providing education for the incarcerated with our unique curriculum and exclusive distance learning program.

 

The purpose of our educational programs are to develop self-awareness and the ability to make good judgements through a process of self-discovery and transformation.

 

Tayba develops programs, or utilizes existing programs, that center around these themes. Tayba aids the student by customizing learning tracks that fit their needs and give them the tools that they need to be in control of their own transformation.

 

Tayba has developed an exclusive curriculum and distance learning program for current and formerly incarcerated men and women. The curriculum focuses on character reformation through spiritual and behavioral modification.

 

Tayba’s educational philosophy is based on the belief that character reformation is the key to not only working with current or formerly incarcerated men and women, but also to their eventual release and reintegration into the greater society.

 

Tayba’s curriculum incorporates a significant amount of spiritual and behavioral modification geared towards developing qualities which increase accountability for actions. These components of our curriculum are thoroughly reinforced throughout all courses. One of the primary areas of focus is understanding and changing the criminal personality. To inherit their contributory role in society, the incarcerated must develop emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and socially. Tayba’s curriculum offers a methodical development in all of the following phases:

 

  • Sound spiritual knowledge
  • Realization of the prisoner’s experience
  • Recognition of the security concern in dealing with prisoners

Why Education?

Education is a major factor in the rehabilitation and successful re-entry of the incarcerated into society. In a meta analysis study of fourteen studies conducted for the Department of Justice, it was found “that prisoners who merely participated in postsecondary education while in prison were 46% less likely to recidivate than members of the general prison population.”

 

Tayba designs, facilitates and supports educational programs at the postsecondary level in the following areas:

 

  • Islamic Education
  • Higher Education
  • Art Education

 

Tayba collaborates with educators, publishing houses, assessment companies and others to utilize top quality educational material and resources for our students. These relationships allow Tayba to reproduce copyrighted material free of charge. This allows Tayba to keep quality high and costs low while still providing valuable resources to students.

 

Tayba uses advanced multiple choice exams which allow us to do extensive test-item analysis to ensure our assessments are accurate.

Islamic Education

In 2009, Tayba Foundation conducted a program evaluation with a number of incarcerated Muslims to identify the gaps in services. The number one need reported was access to Islamic educational resources and teachers available to guide through the material. While there existed many programs offering Bible courses by correspondence, there were no similar programs to serve Muslims. Conservative estimates based on government data about the number of Muslims in both State and Federal prisons puts their number over 100,000.

 

Tayba then embarked on an extensive review of the available curricula that could be used in a correspondence program. Over the years, Tayba developed an extensive program which is the first of its kind. Read more about this program here.

Higher education (AA, BA/BS, PhD), Certificates

Tayba works to support higher education among our students while they are incarcerated and upon their release to free society. Tayba keeps up to date with the hundreds of programs which are available for the incarcerated and coordinates with those institutions as needed.

 

There are currently many options for degree programs by correspondence for the incarcerated rather than creating a program of its own, Tayba takes on the role of coach and facilitator for our students in the programs that fit their needs and goals.

 

Tayba Foundation purchases books, pays for tuition and subsidized housing costs, finds programs as well as advises and encourages students to complete the program or course of their choice.

 

Tayba has facilitated participation in paralegal courses, undergraduate and graduate education. Tayba also collaborates with organizations and institutions offering programs for prisoners to see if any relationships can be established. As an example, our Islamic education courses are currently accepted for elective credit by Adams State University.

Art education

Over the years, Tayba Foundation has received numerous gifts of art from our students.

 

Tayba students’ are talented and have artistic ability and potential.  While it is well known that the arts have therapeutic benefits, for some, there may even be possible career opportunities.

 

Also, art can be a way for the students’ to give back to the society that they may have taken from.

 

Tayba Foundation wants to provide students with the opportunity to learn Islamic Art or calligraphy techniques from American calligraphers and artists. Tayba has connected to a network of artists who specialize in these areas and plans to begin an art mentoring program once funding is secured.