Our Impact
TGI's Vision Realized - Community Leadership Print E-mail
Left to Right: Ron Moss, Executive Director; Lajuana Prince-Vaughn, Program Coordinator; 
Earthy Young, Assistant Director
When TGI was founded in 2009 one of its long-term visions was to have the organization led by members of the community it served. Congratulations TGI! Your vision has been realized! It is with pleasure and excitement, that TGI co-founder, Elizabeth Marlow, is stepping down as Executive Director and a new, vibrant, intelligent, enthusiastic team now takes the leadership reins!
Innovations in Reentry - a Success! Print E-mail
Spring 2015 marked the end of our 18-month pilot evaluation of the Street Scholars Peer Mentoring Program funded the Alameda County Innovations in Reentry program.  We are excited to share that we achieved the objectives put forth in our original proposal. 

TGI Shares the Love! Print E-mail
Lajuana, TGI's program cooridinator is proudly flanked by new
peer mentors, Cyn (left) and Shea (right).
During the Spring 2015 semester, TGI was thrilled to provide peer mentor training to five students from the Disability Services Program (DSP).  DSP asked for our assistance and expertise in helping them develop and train peer mentors for their program.  We were honored to be asked and excited to establish a more formal partnership with DSP as we serve many of the same students. 
Doris Mangrum Wows With Saidiana Print E-mail


On February 3, 2015, motivational speaker, Doris Mangrum, wowed the Merritt College campus with her multi-media presentation, The Saidiana Experience. Saidiana is a Swahili word that means to help one another and that is the purpose of The Saidiana Experience - to inspire everyone to do her or his part to end the crisis of incarceration in America. 

Around Merritt: The Disability Services Program for Merritt Students Print E-mail

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Mary Ciddio and Ron Nelson of the Disability Services Program

Our newest feature, "Around Merritt", will showcase some of the wonderful services available to Merritt College students.  It is also a way for TGI to show gratitude towards the campus organizations that support Street Scholars.  For our inaugural piece we are thrilled to highlight, the Disability Services Program (DSP) team, Mary Ciddio and Ron Nelson. DSP provides a wide range of services to students with learning disabilities.  They work with students to identify the specific disabilities that impede learning and academic success.  Once a student's specific learning disability is defined, Mary and Ron identify the appropriate services, supports, and accommodations to ensure that student's success.  These services can be as simple as allowing the student more time for test taking to high-tech, sophisticated devices like smart pens and voice-to-text software.  

New Roles at TGI! Print E-mail


Ron Moss and Earthy Young, TGI's new Assistant Director and Team Leader

TGI is excited to annouce that Ron Moss is now Assistant Director of the organization and Earthy Young is Team Leader of the Street Scholars Peer Mentoring Program.

Street Scholars Spring 2014 Semester Success! Print E-mail
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Street Scholars Students and Mentors, Spring 2014

With the end of the academic year winding down, the Street Scholars Program celebrates the success of its first cohort of scholars! This semester, we were able to enroll 19 Merritt College students in our peer-mentoring program. With hard work and perseverance, 11 of these students successfully completed the semester, passing all their courses, avoiding drug and alcohol relapse, and avoiding re-arrest. Furthermore, 8 of these students were actively on parole or probation. We know that this was no easy feat, and we want to congratulate the commitment of these students!

It's a Street Scholars Summer! Print E-mail
summer scholars program 2014
Back row (l to r): Elizabeth Marlow, Hakim Holmes, Jonathan Roach, Marcus Austin,
Ron Moss; Front row (l to r): George McGhee, Yema Lee, Derrick Foster,
LaJuana Prince, Victoria Perez. (Not pictured: Tony Thomas)

Who says hard work can’t be fun too?  This summer, six scholars who took part in the Street Scholars Spring 2014 program are now participating in the Street Scholars summer program.  Hakim Holmes, George McGhee, LaJuana Prince, Jonathan Roach, Tony Thomas, and Derrick Foster, together with their peer mentors, are evaluating the Street Scholars program and developing a culturally relevant information guide for other formerly incarcerated students enrolling at Merritt. They will also receive training in peer mentoring and counseling from TGI’s Board Member and MSW, Peter Small.  At the end of the summer they will be ready to begin mentoring and providing needed guidance and support to other students.  Scholars helping scholars – it doesn’t get much better than that (or more fun)!

THANK YOU! We are grateful to our funder, the Alameda County Innovations in Reentry Grant, for enabling us to provide small stipends to our summer scholars.