California inmates became activists to help a student in need

Life is a circle of happiness, sorrow, and hard time. Sometimes, it brightens us by bringing unexpected gaiety, while others mark a grueling journey. That time appears to be most prolonged, and we feel being assaulted from all sides.

In such a painful period when you are alone, and there is no one to wipe your tears, people become a source of happiness. No matter how alone they are, no matter how difficult their life is, they choose the mission of spreading happiness in the world.

This is what happened in California Soledad State prison, where a group of inmates raised $30,000 for a student named Sy Green. Surprisingly, these prisoners who planned to help a needy boy have been given life sentences. Despite spending years behind bars in the darkness of the prison, they became a light for Green.

What happened

Sy, a student at Palma school, was struggling to pay a monthly tuition fee of $1200.  Unfortunately, he could not arrange the money as both his parents suffered from medical emergencies.

In the most challenging times, when he could not find any solution. These inmates or “brother in blue” collected money from inside the prison to help Sy. This money was more than needed for his graduation. Green will attend college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco even by using the remaining dollars.

After receiving money raised by inmates, Sy Green thanked hundreds of people who sacrificed for him. He said their altruism would keep him motivated throughout his life, and he will try his best every day.

One of these people, Bryant, said that it was just a humble effort from his team and they did it for a good reason. He said they just wanted to do good things, and if all the people start thinking like this, this world would be a better place.

A few years ago, Palma School, an elite boy school in Salinas, California, decided to partner with Soledad State Prison. The collaboration was initiated to bring the students and inmates together to develop understanding between them.


They started a reading program between two groups to discuss literature themes. However, this story reveals that this association has become a bond of passion and empathy rather than understanding.