Aimed at building healthy communities across the United States, particularly directed at low-income communities that are most affected by the criminal legal system and the obstacles that come with mass surveillance in this country, Healthy Routines’ Mind Plug Academy and our partners focus is on education in neighborhoods experiencing elevated levels of criminalization in places such as New York, Maryland/DC, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Healthy Routines approaches community development by improving environments that are counterproductive to families establishing healthy habits, which is at the root of changing neighborhoods by empowering these neighborhoods that have been historically disenfranchised to interrupt patterns that contribute to the cycles of poverty and the systems’ often response of hyper-criminalization of the populations in these locations.
Healthy Routines’ Leadership Development programming focuses on three areas: education, housing, and employment.
Healthy Routines, in partnership with From Prisons-To-Professionals (P2P), have expanded the reach of our education opportunities to South Carolina neighborhoods which includes correctional facilities.
In South Carolina, Healthy Routines has partnered with HBCU Claflin University and the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). The two entities have raised the innovation bar with regard to higher education in prison, allowing HR to expand our Mind Plug Academy which has been an educational guest of SCDC since 2019.
In Maryland, P2P and Healthy Routines have partnered with Bard College's Clemente Program to offer accredited courses to underserved communities. The Clemente Course offers free humanities education to residents in neighborhoods who might not otherwise have the opportunity for higher education.
Healthy Routines is also working on a national initiative of supportive housing for the formerly incarcerated scholar as he/she makes the transition from taking courses in prison to taking traditional courses on college campuses.