Project Rebound

Welcome to Cal Poly Project Rebound

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What is Project Rebound?

Project Rebound is a student support program at CPP that facilitates pathways to higher education for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, and supports the academic success, professional development and reintegration of participants. We also provide a safe space and array of services for system-impacted students on campus, as well as conduct outreach both on and off-campus to educate the broader community about our student population and the impacts of the carceral system.

Guiding Values

Project Rebound provides a life-affirming alternative to the revolving door policies of mass incarceration by making higher education more accessible and supportive of people with incarceration histories. Below are our guiding values. We believe in:

Intrinsic Values of Persons

We believe that every person has inherent value and holds the power of possibility and transformation within them.

Equitable Access to Education

We believe that access to meaningful, high-quality, face-to-face higher education is fundamental to breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty, abuse, addiction, unemployment, and confinement.

Formerly Incarcerated Leadership

We believe that the integration, education, and leadership of formerly incarcerated people are essential to the work of creating solutions to the social crisis of mass incarceration.

Education as Public Safety

We believe that meaningful, high-quality higher education ultimately makes stronger, safer communities; we believe that public resources are better invested in education and other opportunities for transformation than prisons and punishment.

Civic Engagement

We believe that community engagement is at once a right, a responsibility, and a means of empowerment; we aim to inspire all Rebound Scholars to be informed and engaged civic agents.

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