STEM Pen Pal Program

The STEMCAP STEM Pen Pal program offers one-on-one connections between Youth-In-Custody and community partners. This person-to-person engagement gives YIC access to community members that may offer peer and mentor support and pathways to community engagement.

The goal of the program is to demonstrate that scientists and those studying science at the university level have overlapping interests and common ground with YIC. This connection will help each group better understand and connect with the other through individual correspondence

The “STEM Pen Pal” program began in the Spring of 2022 in partnership with the U of U School of Biological Sciences Community Engaged Learning Coordinator. After enthusiastic and voluntary buy-in from both our YIC students and CEL undergraduate students, we are thrilled that we are able to keep the project moving forward.

Starting in the Fall of 2022, we are excited to welcome a group of NASA scientists to correspond with our students, connected with us via the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Utah.

In future iterations of this program, we hope to give our students more input into who they would like to talk to – whether it is a scientist, other educators, or more University students!

Other Resources

Liberation Library: Pen Pal Quick Start Guide

Sick of It! A Disability Inside/Outside Project: Resource Page*

Black & Pink: How to be an Awesome Pen Pal!**

Survived and Punished: Letter Writing Action Center***

*with extra attention paid to incarcerated folks who are disabled

**with extra attention paid to incarcerated folks who are LGBTQIA2S+

***with extra attention paid to incarcerated folks who are survivors of sexual violence