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The Rutgers University Mountainview Project Student Organization (MVP-SO) is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals who have been previously, or are currently, incarcerated. We also serve at-risk youth with the hopes of eliminating any chance of involvement with the criminal justice system. Our motivational speaking engagements deliver a message of hope and change to thousands of students in the state of New Jersey every year. Through our assistance to these underrepresented populations, we hope to motivate and ignite a passion for education as a means to reduce incarceration and out an end to the revolving door of recidivism.

Our inmate mentoring/tutoring program serves inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility and the Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility. In collaboration with Princeton University's Petey Greene Prisoner Assistance Program, Rutgers University Mountainview Project undergraduate and graduate student organization members serve as tutors and mentors at these locations. Inmates are assisted with preparation for GED tests, completing credit bearing college courses, and are mentored through the necessary steps of applying and being accepted into a college or university.

MVP-SO members also provide support and assistance to at-risk youth in an effort to prepare them for higher education. We attempt to provide the MVP-SO services as a tool of intervention in breaking a cycle of incarceration and replacing it with education.

The MVP student organization participates in a unique program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Corrections called Project P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Responsibility in Drug Education). With this motivational speaking program, we are able to share the message of the importance of good decision making, hence decreasing the chances of youth becoming involved with activities that result in negative consequences.