Who We Are
The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. FEIN #27-2521943.
FTC transforms the lives of individuals impacted by incarceration through compassionate experiential education that has been proven to reduce prison violence and recidivism. We are deeply committed to our vision that every person who wants to learn to become a responsible, productive member of society has the opportunity and support to do so.
The name of the organization and the signature workshop, “Freedom to Choose,” was inspired by the work of Viktor Frankl and his well-known book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Fundamental to his teaching was the lesson, hard-won as a survivor of the concentration camps, that every person always has the freedom to choose their response to the events of their life. This lesson serves as a cornerstone of what The Freedom to Choose Project teaches in prison. In Frankl’s words:
“Everything can be taken from a person but the last of the human freedoms, the freedom to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances – to choose one’s own way.”
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
FTC has been providing programs that reduce violence and recidivism in California prisons for more than 14 years. To date, FTC has served more than 3,000 prisoners through a corps of volunteers who have donated over 74,600 hours.
The Freedom to Choose Project, along with the co-directors Drs. David and Bonnie Paul have received numerous awards:
Co-Founder | Board of Directors | Facilitator (Pro Bono) | Curriculum Development (Pro Bono)
FTC Volunteer since 2004
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors | Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Leader – VSP (Pro Bono) | Facilitator (Pro Bono) | Curriculum Development (Pro Bono)
FTC volunteer since 2012
Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Leader – VSP (Pro Bono) | Facilitator (Pro Bono)
FTC volunteer since 2005
Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Leader – CIW (Pro Bono) | Facilitator (Pro Bono) | Curriculum Development (Pro Bono) | Newcomer Liasion (Pro Bono)
FTC volunteer since 2006
ALL OF OUR WORK IS MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR WONDERFUL CORP OF VOLUNTEERS
FTC is primarily a volunteer run organization and we are incredibly grateful for the dedication, heart and support of our amazing team. Our volunteers make this works possible.