Helping Offenders Prosper through Employment
Ingrid Engene Gøranson graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy in Spring 2021. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Criminology with plans to graduate in Fall 2022. Ingrid’s experiences with HOPE inspired her to create a mentoring program in her home city of Oslo, Norway. Her mentoring program is also aimed at helping high-risk youth by preventing school dropouts, harmful substance use, and crime by helping the youth improve their academic capabilities, social competence, and general self-image. After she graduates, Ingrid plans to stay in Oslo and continue expanding the mentoring program while also working on other projects related to harm reduction in substance use and drug policy reform. In 2023, Ingrid hopes to start the IMARC program (International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology) in the Netherlands. Her dream is to conduct research within criminology. Specifically, she is interested in studying juvenile delinquency, substance use, green criminology, and restorative justice. Ingrid states that “participating in HOPE had a profound impact on my life and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity.”
Naomi Showalter graduated from Indiana University in 2021, when she received a B.S. in International Studies and a B.A. in ’The Rhetoric of Social Justice’ (as part of the Individualized Major Program). She also graduated with a Political and Civic Engagement Certificate and a minor in Spanish. Naomi became involved with HOPE during her sophomore year of college, and states that she is “grateful for the ways the organization reflected and developed my passion for social justice and my desire to help incarcerated folks.” Currently, Naomi is in Vermont at the Vermont Law School completing her Master’s in Restorative Justice. Naomi further states that, “HOPE inspired me to embrace the philosophy that harm should be addressed through care, connection, and community above all else.” Although Naomi is still uncertain what the future holds, she is thankful to HOPE for putting her on a path towards criminal justice reform work.
Caroline Crouch graduated from Indiana University in May 2020 with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and minors in Education Policy and Sociology. In addition to her studies at IU, Caroline both mentored and co-directed at HOPE for three years until she stepped down from her roles in January 2021. Currently, Caroline is in her second year of law school at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem (volunteer) in child welfare and child custody cases in Marion County courts and a clerk for a firm in Education + School law on the north side. Caroline states that she is “more mindful of the experiences of juveniles living in corrections and sensitive to the challenges they face developing positive relationships with family and friends, furthering their education, and obtaining employment upon their release” due to her experiences with HOPE. She also states that, “HOPE inspired my decision to attend law school.” After law school, Caroline plans to pursue a career in child advocacy through education law, juvenile defense, or family law.