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The Service Learning Training

Are you dedicated to lifelong learning and wonder:
“How can I make a positive difference in our world?” 

“… THANK YOU for allowing me to participate in this amazing, wonderful project…. 
The work you are doing is, well, wonderful… and the saying life changing just doesn’t do it justice.
It’s more than that… it’s life changing, community changing, and societal changing. 
And I, for one, am so glad to have seen it, both externally and internally,
since the difference it makes is, well, so deep, moving and flat out palpable at the deepest levels.
It was truly an honor to visit/be part of this experience.”

– Scott Weber, lawyer
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Event Details

Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
Registration: 8:30am NEW TIME (Saturday only)
Training: 9am-6pm (ending time approximate)

Location:      ​

Kaiser Permanente ​Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (BHC) ​
Conference ​Center
3​782​ W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008, USA

About this Training

The Freedom to Choose Project is powered by the dedication and commitment of an extraordinary corps of highly trained volunteers. Our work has been so successful that inmate participants are calling it “a movement.” Our educational model is recognized as revolutionary in prison rehabilitation. We educate people to improve their lives on all the parameters of human experience: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Thanks to a grant from the California prison system, we are expanding our programming and training more volunteers.

This training is for anyone interested in deepening their own experience with how they serve. By participating in this training, you are NOT obligated to volunteer with FTC.

Why we call it “Service Learning”

Our educational approach is a “walk your talk” model, so we train volunteers in the communication and emotional intelligence skills that they will model for incarcerated participants. While volunteers are being of selfless service, they are simultaneously learning and improving their own lives. It’s truly a win-win that brings people from all walks of life together in heartfelt connection.

Here’s what previous Service Learning Participants have to say:

“It was amazing to find such deeply heart-centered souls in this big city and connect in such a profound way.
You created the optimum environment for this kind of work and I am so thankful.” 

“I love that 15 minutes with a stranger can be so powerful. What a great reminder in the beauty we can all have/be.” 

“What I liked most about the training program is the unbelievable experiences
I was able to share with others in their own healing as well as my own.” 

“I found the lack of judgment to be contagious.” 

“In the proper setting and with the proper training, the power of transformation and acceptance is magical.” 

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Our Service Learning Training is highly experiential. The majority of the 2-day training will entail learning and practicing the same emotional intelligence and communication skills that we teach in prison. Through practical exercises, you will learn how foundational selfless service skills have the potential to transform both your life and the world around you. Learn to incorporate these skills in your personal and work life, and discover your inner passion for selfless service. We will also have a brief section covering the logistics of volunteering in prison. (Note: A brief prison-specific logistics orientation will be required prior to joining us on a prison service project.)

In this two day Service Learning Training: 

  • Learn how to engage in selfless service so that you take care of yourself in the process. 
  • Learn skills that will support you in bringing your “best self” forward in any context. 
  • Learn leading edge emotional intelligence skills for dealing with people that will benefit ALL relationships: service, work and personal. 
  • Deepen your compassion for yourself and others, regardless of circumstance.
  • Bring your “best self” forward in any area of your life. 
  • Learn skills that will transform your own life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, while simultaneously being of service to others. 
  • Learn what it’s like to volunteer on a prison service project.
  • Learn skills to be more effective volunteering in any service capacity.
  • Meet like-minded people and find new friends.

If you are also interested in volunteering with FTC, the SLT is a great opportunity to become familiar with our organization and the hands-on approach used in FTC’s prison programs. This Service Learning Training will prepare you with the skill set you need, and also describe the practicalities of volunteering in prison so that you can decide if volunteering with us is right for you.

Participants who have successfully completed the training will receive an electronic certificate.

This training is offered in English. 


David Paul, M.D., Ph.D. & Bonnie Paul, Ph.D.

The Service Learning Training is developed and facilitated by the founders of The Freedom to Choose Project, a non-profit organization that teaches foundational emotional intelligence and life skills to individuals impacted by incarcerated and/or in addiction recovery. Since 2004, David and Bonnie have worked with over 3,000 incarcerated men and women, receiving numerous awards for this work.


If you are FTC Alumni (a formerly incarcerated FTC workshop participant), you have the option to register (without lunch) free of charge. If you would like to do so, please contact us at

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$40.00 – Online Registration with Lunch.
  • Available until March 28, 2019 end of day PST. The lunch organized by FTC must be pre-ordered and cannot be arranged after this date.
$10.00 – Online Registration without Lunch (I will bring my own packed lunch)
  • Available until April 3, 2019 end of day PST.
  • There are no kitchen facilities and you will not have the option to purchase food during the lunch break.
$15.00 – Registration at the Door without Lunch (I will bring my own packed lunch)
  • There are no kitchen facilities and you will not have the option to purchase food during the lunch break.

This $250.00 training is funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and can therefore be offered for a minimal fee that covers beverages and light refreshments.

If you have questions or need assistance with registration, please contact