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I feel that I am part of a movement

I feel that I am part of a movement

Having attended The Freedom to Choose Project’s (FTC) workshops [and programs] has helped me to completely alter my thinking, actions, and manner of living. The exposure to the loving and safe environment has also affected a large portion of this prison. The...

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What Does It Mean?

What Does It Mean?

From left to right, FTC Facilitators David Paul, Chemin Bernard and Bonnie Paul. For many, healing and truly learning from life’s lessons involve reawakening from numbness – a survival mechanism to cope from violent experiences, where past hurts and learned...

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Before you came into my life

Before you came into my life

Before you came into my life, I was lost in a dark world. No one knew the pain and suffering I carried for thirty years except you. Nonetheless, you decided to open your heart and hold me tight into your many arms. You decided not to judge me or criticize me for the...

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My Prison

My Prison

“In the environments that we come from – gangs and broken homes, dysfunctional families – there’s no compassion, not much love, it’s not encouraged – especially in our gang culture. We have to be tough, we have to be angry, we have to be aggressive, we have to be...

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Elephants & Doves

Elephants & Doves

Dedicated artwork by Oscar (FTC program participant since 2014)   Elephants & Doves Deliberately I turned my face aside But he, elephant-like, remained in the room Even my secret spaces occupied And with nary a sign of departing soon Doing as beasts are...

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My Purpose in Life

My Purpose in Life

In my very first experience with The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC), I truly understood what ‘Change from the Inside’ meant. I thought I was going inside a prison to bring hope and inspiration to others. I discovered that I was also truly serving myself...

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