WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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professors visit area prisons and teach the same courses they present on campus at BU. Course titles have a familiar ring: Statistics, Algebra, Earth Science, Computer Science, Ethics, Critical Thinking, Philosophy, and much, much more. Partakers College Beyond Bars Mentoring Program offers inmates emotional and academic support as they work toward fulfilling their dream of completing a college degree. As a result, the trusting relationships that can develop between inmates and their mentors are sometimes unexpected but are often profoundly mean- ingful to all involved. A Soccer Mom Jane Carlson is a self-described former soccer mom and scout leader, an attorney, and a long-time activist in Weston town govern- ment. At First Parish Church she heard a Partaker talk about mentoring an inmate at MCI Norfolk. After services one Sunday, the idea was put forward that it might be reward- ing to work with some of the women incar- cerated at MCI Framingham. "It was time for me to step out of the ordi- nary, and I thought that if I did it as a member of a team (Partakers work together to ensure the longevity and diversity of the support effort), it wouldn't be so scary," Jane says. "But it wasn't scary at all," she adds, "and I soon learned that personal safety just isn't an issue. The fact is the woman I'm supporting is blazingly bright. She gets easy A's in the toughest Boston University courses she can find at Framingham. Our team is very involved, so we go by ones and twos a few times a month to help with the work, or just to be there." good works "highly motivated young people" 164 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5

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