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California Institute for Women (CIW) – Pathways to Freedom Workshop

Next Pathways to Freedom Workshop:

  • Orientation (in person): Fri. night, January 18, 2019
  • Pathways to Freedom Workshop: Sat., January 19, 2019 – Sun., January 20, 2019
  • Accepting Volunteer Intentions (Applications): by Thur., October 11, 2018
  • Volunteer Intention Deadline: Mon., October 29, 2018
  • Intended Notification of Volunteer Status: by Tues., November 13, 2018
  • Location: Corona, CA

General Information:

Project Schedule and Your Attendance

As a volunteer, in-person attendance is required for the entire prison project which starts on Friday night at the orientation meeting and ends on Sunday evening with the completion of the workshop. By submitting your intention, it means you can commit to being present for the entire project (from Friday night orientation to the end of the workshop Sunday).

New Volunteers

If you are new to FTC and would like to volunteer at our prison workshops, please share in the volunteer intention how you heard about us. Please be sure to complete all 3 steps of the application process.

A Message About Dropping

There is a great deal of time, energy and detail required to organize these workshops. Every volunteer who is allowed to walk through the prison doors has been individually checked and approved by the prison. This process takes time. Once the volunteer team is chosen, your information is sent to the prison for processing security. That means, when someone drops, we cannot simply replace your spot with another volunteer. We are short a team member and another volunteer missed their chance to participate.

Life happens and there are situations beyond our control. We understand and take these circumstances into consideration. With that in mind, if you have a history of dropping, you may be impacting your future chances of being selected as part of the volunteer team for the prison workshops.

Sign Up for Notifications

We send notifications about our latest developments including when we start accepting volunteer intentions (applications). If you would like to be updated on FTC events and volunteer opportunities, please visit our contact form and sign up for email notifications by clicking HERE.

Sign Up to Volunteer at this Event:

Step 1: Send your Volunteer Intention

Or use this link:


Step 2: Submit Security Clearance Forms – REQUIRED FROM ALL VOLUNTEERS – (exception: regular CIW volunteers who already have clearance)

Please follow the instruction in your confirmation email.

  • Please make sure that the ID you submit is valid for the duration of the workshop
  • You will need to bring this ID with you when you enter the prison


Step 3: Submit your Education and Training Information (if applicable)

If this will be your first time volunteering with The Freedom to Choose Project or if you have not yet filled out this form, please provide your education background.

Or use this link:


Volunteer Portal:

If you are selected to be part of the volunteer team for this project, visit the password protected volunteer portal containing volunteer logistics, information, and everything you need to know.