Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network

#CollegeNotCages

aka FICGN   |   Tacoma, WA   |  ficgn.org

Mission

Our mission is to promote the education and empowerment of formerly incarcerated people through a collective community.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Dr. Christopher R. Beasley

Main address

102 North G Street Unit 607

Tacoma, WA 98403 USA

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EIN

83-2018348

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Professional Societies, Associations (S03)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to promote the education and empowerment of formerly incarcerated people through a collective community. We do this to address higher education disparity among formerly incarcerated people, relative lack of social capital among this identify group, and a pejorative perception of formerly incarcerated people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Social Media Community

We operate a social media group exclusively for formerly incarcerated college graduates. These graduates connect, share, inspire, and build one-another's ability to create social change and succeed in their careers.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people
Budget
$2,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

* Strengthening social networks of formerly incarcerated people * Creating spaces for formerly incarcerated people to share and discuss ideas * Changing social perceptions of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people * Changing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people’s views of themselves * Promoting and supporting prison and post-prison education * Demonstrating the value of our lived experience * Advocating for criminal justice policy change

*Social media and email networking of formerly incarcerated college graduates *Regional face-to-face networking of formerly incarcerated college graduates *Gathering and promoting positive stories of formerly incarcerated college graduates *Providing support to organizations advocating for prison-based and post-prison higher education

We have an extensive network of formerly incarcerated college graduates and online presence for this network. Our collaborations with prison-based and post-prison higher education organizations has been growing rapidly the past year. However, our face-to-face capacity remains an areas that our growth strategy is focused on. Our network is currently an all-volunteer organization with a board and membership committees carrying out the work. These committees are another focus of our growth strategy.

*Growth in the size of the network *Expansion of geographic reach of the network *Broadening social narratives about formerly incarcerated people *Greater educational aspirations and matriculation of formerly incarcerated people *Increasing career opportunities for formerly incarcerated people

SO FAR *100% growth in membership each of the past 4 years--current membership is 1000+ members across 43 states *Development of public social media pages for sharing stories about formerly incarcerated college graduates *Development of a website for sharing stories about formerly incarcerated college graduates, books written by them, and job opportunities for them *Development of private social media groups to connect formerly incarcerated college graduates and share information within the network *Sharing of stories about formerly incarcerated college graduates on our public and private social media spaces *Development of a listserv for formerly incarcerated college graduates *Development of national convening and speakers bureau committees to enact strategic goals associated with these committees *Regional BBQ celebrations of formerly incarcerated college graduates in Washington and New Jersey *Development of collaborative relationships with organizations that advocate for prison-based and post-prison higher education NEXT *Development of additional committees to enact other components of our strategic plan *Expansion of leadership opportunities for members *Broadening geographic reach the network *Development of national speakers bureau *National convening of formerly incarcerated college graduates *Expansion of BBQ celebrations to other states *Expansion of collaborative relationships

Financials

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Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network

Board of directors
as of 7/9/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Christopher Beasley

University of Washington Tacoma

Term: 2018 - 2021

Susannah Bannon

Keywords

Narrative, Community, Social Capital, Social Change, Empowerment, Liberation, Education