About the Hack-A-Thon

COABE's Literacy Behind & Beyond the Walls Committee hosted the very first Behind & Beyond the Walls Prison Literacy Hack-A-Thon. The Hack-A-Thon intended to take 4-5 vetted adult literacy programs, projects, or applications, that engaged COABE participants from across the country in the development and prelaunch of each program, all in three virtual sessions. COABE participants with an expertise in adult literacy behind our prison walls and working with men and women upon their release, were tasked with creating and generating a finished product for use by those working to educate and assist men and women returning home from incarceration. The four teams and topics covered are: learning activities, academic mentoring/tutoring, academic bridge and career pathways. 

COABE's Literacy Behind & Beyond the Walls Committee Hack-A-Thon selected a project focusing on Career Pathways and engaged COABE participants from across the country in the development and prelaunch of this project. 

For more information on the Hack-A-Thon please email hackathon@coabe.org.

 

About the COABE Behind and Beyond Literacy Walls Committee

The COABE Literacy Behind & Beyond the Walls Committee launched in March 2019 was created to support and advocate on behalf educators and adult learners navigating educational advancement behind and beyond the walls of prisons and communities throughout the country. COABE recognizes the harsh reality that there are numerous barriers and challenges facing the men and women who travel through our criminal justice system, and yet it is education, literacy and skill development which frequently holds the key to the revolving doors of our prison systems. Recent studies support the importance of education and training in our prisons and jails and the fact that with just one educational class in prison, an individual can reduce his/her chance of recidivism by 43%.

The Literacy Behind & Beyond the Walls Committee brings together the best and brightest educators, administrators, and leaders in the correctional and reentry education sectors from around the country in order to share their expertise and passion for educating the men and women inside of our prisons and as they transition home to begin their pathway to success. COABE’s Literacy Behind & Beyond the Walls Committee invites you join us as we proudly support adult learners, educators and administrators who work to make change happen.