Program Coordinator for ARC’s College Program
Tony Delfino serves as the Program Coordinator for ARC’s College Program at two prisons in California’s Central Valley. In partnership with Bakersfield College and the Prison University Project, Tony has helped design and implement a two year college program at Corcoran State Prison (CSP) and the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF).
Throughout childhood Tony was not immune to the social ills common throughout the Central Valley but most specifically rural low income communities. Such adversities and upbringing developed the critical lens in which he sought to better understand social ill and struggle. This encouraged him to pursue higher education and foster his commitment for social justice, education, and empathy.
He pursued Social Work and graduated from California State University, Chico, with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Tony is committed to working with the most vulnerable and understands the link between education and social change. He has worked with numerous of populations, including, individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness, at risk youth, HIV patients, youth offenders, inmates, and college students.
His work has spanned various institutions and capacities from college class rooms, prisons, juvenile halls, county jails, and grass root nonprofit organizations. Most recently he has taught for West Hills Community College and Fresno State’s Department of Social Work Education. Additionally he has taught transition and reentry classes to inmates at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF) and instructed violence prevention programs to youth offenders and inmates at various institutions in the Central Valley.