Life in prison bears a host of challenges, from the material, to the physical, mental, and spiritual.

 

As an educational organization, Tayba believes in human potential. Through carefully designed programs, our students gain both knowledge and the tools they need to be transformed by that knowledge.

 

Our three programs are:

 

1. 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

 

2. Life Skills

 

Tayba teaches applied life skills needed to navigate the difficulties and complexities of prison and, when released, the free world, by becoming contributing and law abiding citizens.

 

Finding housing, jobs, and counseling services, are a few of the myriad ways we help our students re-integrate into society.

 

While religious education and other forms of higher education are important and can be  factors in rehabilitation and reducing recidivism, there is also a need for practical life skills.

 

Through a series of coaching, peer-mentorship, utilizing existing course programs, and creating courses where needed, Tayba helps develop a track of learning for each individual that suits their reality.

 

3. Re-entry

 

Tayba works with the individual once they are released in a series of coaching and peer-mentoring sessions by checking in with the regularly, offering any tips and advice to increase the success of the re-entry, and connecting them with community members who can act as role models.

 

Our team includes formerly incarcerated individuals who have made a successful reentry into society  Tayba staff gauge successful re-entry by the individual not re-offending, getting off parole, having a stable family and job, as well as other factors our team uses to assess each individual case.