Project Return

The majority (88%) of Vanderbilt’s Spring 2017 Class found their $16,000 grant to Project Return’s operating budget to be a good decision with a good outcome because it helped grow the organization. 12% of students voted that the grant was a good decision with a bad outcome because they felt the program grew too quickly. Project Return supports formerly incarcerated individuals through professional development opportunities in order to reduce recidivism. The grant was multiplied by an MTA match program to a total of $140,000, which was used to purchase two passenger vans. Project Return participants continue to have a recidivism rate far below the national average.