Be part of the solution in providing rehabilitative prison programs
The Freedom to Choose Project
The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) holds ongoing large workshops in 5 California State Prisons.
The Pathways to Freedom workshop teaches communication skills, relationship skills, and also works at the emotional level, offering a specific skill set to heal the underpinnings of anger, thus preventing conflict. These skills also support people in healing the causes of addictive behaviors and are congruent with the 12-step model. Emphasis is placed on forgiveness as a foundational life skill.
The 2-3-day weekend workshops involve a volunteer team that can serve up to 250 inmates.
FTC has been providing workshops within the California prison system for 12+ years.
About The Freedom to Choose Project
315 Meigs Road Suite A295, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, US
To transform the lives of individuals impacted by incarceration through compassionate experiential education.
The name of the organization and the signature workshop, "Freedom to Choose," was inspired by the work of Viktor Frankl and his well-known book "Man’s Search for Meaning." Fundamental to his teaching was the lesson, hard-won as a survivor of the concentration camps, that every person always has the freedom to choose their response to the events of their life. This lesson serves as a cornerstone of what The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) teaches in prison. In Frankl’s words:
"Everything can be taken from a person but the last of the human freedoms, the freedom to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances - to choose one’s own way."
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom."
FTC has been providing programs that reduce violence and recidivism in California prisons since 2004. To date, FTC has served more than 3,000 prisoners through a corps of volunteers who have donated over 74,600 hours.