Join Freedom Project inside the Monroe Correctional Complex as we provide opportunities for folks who are incarcerated to practice Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and mindfulness. Volunteers can engage in the prison classes and workshops in multiple ways, including as facilitators (please see other posting!), assistants, or even just as class participants.
Freedom Project classes run from 12 to 20 weeks at a time on Mondays (mindfulness) and Wednesdays (Nonviolent Communication) from 5:50 to 7:50 PM. NVC class series include an Introduction to NVC, an intermediate Practice Group, and an advanced Integration and Immersion class. Weekend workshops occur on the third weekends of the month from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Topics of these workshops alternate between a Basic Intro to NVC and "themed" NVC workshops (such as anger, grief, compassion, etc).
We expect class and workshop volunteers to have...
- Willingness to participate
- Knowledge of NVC and/or mindfulness
- A non-heirarchical and anti-oppressive approach to the classroom
- Social justice lens that brings an awareness of the prison system, mass incarceration, racial equity, and anti-oppression frameworks
- Time commitment of 6+ months (given the time it takes to process new volunteers through the prison and the long-term nature of our prison programming)
We welcome skills of all levels. Freedom Project works to provide training opportunities around various skills that will improve the capacity of volunteers to engage in NVC and mindfulness classes in the prison (including a monthly anti-oppression training, NVC trainings, and facilitation skill workshops).
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- On-going commitment expected throughout sessions
- Having a car is highly recommended (carpooling may be an option however)