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Our volunteers are extraordinary! We are fortunate to have the support of a large and dedicated group, many of whom have continually stepped forward in loving service since the project began. Volunteering with The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) is an enriching experience which provides each volunteer with opportunities to be of service in addition to mastering the same skills we offer our participants. These skills support greater healing, effective communication, emotional intelligence, self determination, and a higher degree of happiness.

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteering in our prison workshops requires training and/or experience. If you are new to The Freedom to Choose Project and do not have training, you may first need to complete our Service Learning Training (SLT) in order to volunteer in our prison programs. To find out more about our SLT, please visit the SLT page HERE.

Volunteer Information Portal

If you have been confirmed as a volunteer on an upcoming project, please click HERE to access the volunteer information pages.

Potential Opportunities to Volunteer

To find out about scheduled projects and events, please visit our Calendar of Events page HERE.

To be informed about our latest news and events, including volunteer projects and deadlines, you can sign up for email notifications through our contact form HERE.

Weekly Support Groups:

Once you have participated in one of the weekend Pathways to Freedom Workshops, you are invited to join one or all of our weekly support groups. If you are interested please email us at

Valley State Prison

FTC offers 2 weekly mentor support groups at Valley State Prison (VSP). The Men’s Mentor Support Group, also known as ILTAG (a prison term for Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group), has three classes – Level 1 Foundations, Level 2 Advanced and Level 3 Masters. There are more participants than we can fit in one class, so we offer the classes weekly, but they separate into two groups that each come once every other week.

  • Weekly Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Level 2 & Level 3
    • Sundays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Weekly Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Level 1
    • Sundays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

California Institution for Women

FTC offers 1 weekly mentor support group at the California Institution for Women (CIW). The Women’s Mentor Support Group is also known as ILTAG (a prison term for Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group).

  • Weekly Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Level 1
    • Sundays, 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
*Important Notes:
  1. Please keep in mind that the prisons may cancel groups at any time for a holiday, a logistical issue, an administrative break, or a variety of reasons.
  2. Volunteers need to arrive at visitor processing no later than 1/2 an hour before the start of each group and can generally plan on exiting the prison about 1/2 an hour after each group ends.

Community Volunteers (Santa Barbara County)

We are also developing a team of Community Volunteers. If you are interested in being of service in Santa Barbara County, please contact us.