MAKING A DIFFERENCE
SUCCESS STORIES & TESTIMONIALS
“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...
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...
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 by sharing...
“I love the work that FTC does, for myself personally, and for the greater inmate population, and also for those amazing people who devote their time to coming into prisons and bringing their love. My life has been changed forever from the experiences I have had,...
of FTC program graduates have been released from prison.
of participants reported their lives improved
of participants experienced less conflict
of participants have taught learned skills to friends and family
Incarcerated individuals at Valley State Prison for Women were queried six months after the program.
Incarcerated individuals who participate in our programs demonstrate more peaceful behavior, parole more successfully, are integrated into society more effectively and can give back to their communities. Those who continue to be incarcerated are able to collaborate more effectively with prison staff creating a safer environment.