An estimated 65% of all jobs require postsecondary education, but many people in Florida have limited access to higher education, despite the fact that statistical evidence overwhelmingly confirms that a college education increases employment opportunities and strengthens communities.
Since its founding in 2017, the Florida Prison Education Project has offered 50 classes to 700 incarcerated students at 6 different facilities and donated over 20,000 books to libraries in Florida prisons. This year FPEP is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a non-incarcerated UCF student who is formerly incarcerated or system impacted.
The Florida Prison Education Project
Was designated a UCF Community Challenge Initiative
Was awarded a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant
Was awarded $60,000 in NEA Big Read grants
Was awarded $280,000 from the Laughing Gull Foundation
Check out UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities 2019 Spotlight, featuring FPEP.
Books Behind Bars
Donate your unwanted books (of any kind) to the Florida Prison Education Project. Contact Jason Fronczek.
UCF Florida Prison Education Project
Attn: Jason Fronczek
12400 Aquarius Agora Dr.
Orlando, FL 32816
Our program does the following with your donations: First, books are sorted and assessed. If they are suitable, desired, and cleared by the Florida Department of Corrections, they are donated to libraries in Florida prisons. If there are multiple copies of a single title, they are used as textbooks for FPEP course offerings. If the donated books cannot be donated to the FDC or used as course materials, they are sold to raise money for the program. 100% of the proceeds go towards the program to benefit the incarcerated students.
Thank you for your donations.