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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Stateville Correctional Center

Stateville Correctional Center is a maximum security prison in Crest Hill, IL. Beginning Fall 2020, we will have 40 NPEP students at Stateville. Volunteers play an integral role in ensuring that all of our students succeed in their courses and are exposed to a variety of topics. 

Graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and undergraduates can volunteer at Stateville Correctional Center in a number of ways. 

  • Tutoring during quarterly study halls
  • Organizing and participating in reading groups
  • Leading a workshop, lecture, or short-course (advanced graduate students and postdoctoral trainees)
  • Program support and development

To apply to volunteer at Stateville, please email

Volunteering to teach CCDOC mini-courses

Advanced graduate students and postdoctoral trainees have the opportunity to teach a mini-course at the Cook County Jail. 

To be eligible to teach or co-teach your own class at Cook County Jail, you must:

  1. Be an advanced Northwestern graduate student, i.e. you must be done with your coursework. MA/MFA students, and post-docs, are also eligible. 
  2. Have attended an NPEP training. There will be one offered in the beginning of each quarter (see training dates listed on our website). 
  3. There is no citizenship requirement.

We highly encourage co-teaching a mini-course with 1 or 2 other instructors; however this is not a requirement.

To apply to teach a mini-course, please read through our detailed information page and fill out an application.


Volunteer Training

NPEP has required quarterly trainings. The Winter 2021 training date is listed below. In order to volunteer with NPEP during the Winter quarter of 2020, you must attend this training session. After this deadline, interested volunteers must wait until the Spring quarter to attend a training session and volunteer with NPEP.

  • General Training (for all volunteers): Friday, January 8th, 3-5 PM 
    If you want to volunteer with NPEP in any capacity, you must attend the general training.
  • The goal of this session is to familiarize you with our rules and policies and to also provide you with the necessary pedagogical tools for working in a prison environment—we want you to be as prepared as possible before you begin tutoring or teaching. 
  • If you have already attended a training session in the past, you do not need to attend another one.
For up-to-date information on NPEP events and training, please visit our events calendar.