About FACE

FACE (Family and Community Engagement) works in Champaign and Chicago around issues related to re-entry and the family and community impacts of incarceration. FACE is committed sharing and celebrating the accomplishments of EJP students with their family members and friends. Through FACE, we also provide family and friends with resources to help them further their own educational goals and encourage them to think about the power they have collectively as families and community members. Underlying our work is the hope that FACE initiatives will help lessen the stigma of having a loved one in prison, facilitate family and friends’ support one of another, strengthen EJP students’ relationships with their loved ones, and lead to systemic change.


We host a twice-annual Open House in Chicago. All friends and families of incarcerated loved ones and allies are warmly invited.


The Spring FACE Open House is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday April 4, 2014 and will be held at River City Community  Church at 3709 W. Grand Ave, Chicago 60651. There is free lot parking. Please contact info@educationjustice.net for more information and to RSVP. All are welcome.


FACE Scholarship Program

In an effort to promote higher education, FACE coordinates the annual EJP scholarship program. Please see the different scholarship categories below. Applicants must demonstrate need and apply funds towards attendance at an accredited institution of higher education. Each scholarship is worth $500, and winners must agree to write a brief essay about how they used the funds. The next  general scholarship deadline will be in Fall 2015. **However, we are holding a special scholarship competition for RETURNING CITIZENS this spring. The deadline is April 15, 2015.** The forms for the returning citizen scholarship are available below. Other forms will be available later this spring.


Scholarship application for a family member of an EJP student


Scholarship application for a family member of a Danville Correctional Center staff member


Scholarship application for a family member of someone incarcerated at Danville CC who is NOT an EJP student


Scholarship application for someone released from an Illinois state prison within the past 5 years (Due April 15, 2015)


Click here for photos from our most recent FACE event.

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Champaign, IL 61820