Volunteer to Culturally Adapt Text for Prison Population

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Fri Jan 20, 2017 - Sun Apr 30, 2017


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


Insight-Out, a well-respected social justice agency in the SF Bay Area, offers the GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) Program in several of our state prisons. Insight-Out programs have traveled nationally and internationally and the organization is scaling to replicate its efforts so that more people can have access to the kind of personal transformation that is typically reserved for priviledged populations.


Help Us CULTURALLY ADAPT Spanish Text for Prison Inmates Population.

The text has already been translated from English to Spanish. We now seek help from volunteers who can adapt the Spanish text to make it more accessible to prisoners that come from poverty, were not likely to have gone to school, and are mostly first-generation immigrants. You will be working closely with a team leader who works directly with the prisoners.

The 1-year GRIP Program helps participants to comprehend the origins of their violence and develop the skills to track and manage strong impulses before they act out in destructive ways. Students become "emotionally literate" by fully understanding feelings of anger and rage, learning to recognize the body signals that accompany those emotions, and engage in a process to stop and discharge the buildup of tension in a safe manner. This program enables participants to identify and communicate the feelings that are masked by anger (such as sadness, fear and shame) and process them. Students also develop the skills to understand and express the unmet needs that are covered up by the experience of rage.

The GRIP methodology consists of a transformational re-education modality that commits the participants to a process of deep self-inquiry and healing. The program examines the origins of criminogenic conduct and undoes the characteristic destructive behavioral patterns (including addiction) that lead to transgressions.

Participants learn to:

  1. Stop their Violent Behavior 2. Cultivate Mindfulness
  2. Develop Emotional Intelligence 3. Understand Victim Impact

The program is a trauma treatment based model that integrates the latest brain research.

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Join our volunteer team and play an essential role in supporting the work of personal transformation and prison reform. We welcome all volunteers who are willing to contribute their time, energy, and expertise.

Time commitment: 10 hours per week (for 3 months)

More about GRIP here: PBS NEWSHOUR


  • Adult Education
  • Bilingual
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Spanish

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours per week
  • Proficiency with Speaking/Writing English and Spanish and Adapting it for Prison Subculture

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