Odyssey Beyond Bars offers college jumpstart programs to students incarcerated in Wisconsin state prisons. We are part of the UW Odyssey Project, which for 19 years has empowered students living in poverty to overcome obstacles, find their voices and reframe their futures.
“This class has already opened my eyes to a better life for myself.”
Our jumpstart programs combine noncredit and for-credit courses with wraparound supports that help our students succeed long-term, including tutoring, academic and financial aid advising, and an alumni support network.
Many program alumni use their Odyssey Beyond Bars experience as a first step toward a college degree and as a foundation for success when they leave prison and return to their communities.