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Volunteer Opportunities

The Last Mile

We are actively recruiting volunteers to mentor students participating in The Last Mile. The Last Mile is a non-profit organization that was founded at San Quentin State Prison in 2010. It is a full-stack computer coding boot camp, the first of its kind, that operates inside US prisons. The core belief of The Last Mile is that having a job is the key to successful re-entry and breaking the cycle of incarceration. Therefore, the program provides computer coding training to prepare students for release into today’s high-tech environment. You can view the volunteer brochure here or watch the volunteer recruitment video here.

Purposeful Living Units Served

  • Core Values Orientation: Consists of movies, class assignments, which teach participants how to apply the 6 core values in life. This will be the next class to start. Lasts 8 – 12 weeks.
  • Spiritual Literacy: Consists of movies, class assignments, which teach participants individual spirituality. Identifies the sacred meaning of today’s world. Lasts 8 – 12 weeks.
  • Threshold: Spiritual class that emphasizes your faith. It is scheduled for 12-24 weeks and has 3 phases.
  • Breaking The Cycle: Focuses on the participants’ past substance abuse issues. Has 4 phases. This lasts 12-24 weeks.
  • Houses of Healing: Focuses on emotional awareness and emotional healing. Offers participants ways to deal with their childhood memories and adolescent issues. Lasts 8- 12 weeks.

The following classes are electives

  • Knit Wits: Making of hats and scarves for donation.
  • Anger: Teaches how to recognize triggers of anger.
  • Employment Skills: Interviewing skills, application explanation, mock interviews, etc.
  • What Got Me Here: Journey that helps implement change.
  • Effective Fathering: Teaches how to be a positive role model while incarcerated. Teaches how to reach out to family and children. Art Class: This is self-explanatory and is taught with Knit Wits.
  • Purpose Driven Life 2: Based on the book.
  • Financial Planning: Teaches the basics of financial matters.
  • Please Understand Me: Teaches personality types and helps you recognize your basic core characteristics.
  • Suicide and Hospice Instruction: Teaches what to do during hospice and suicide duties.

Other Opportunities

  • Volunteers are needed for the Alternatives to Violence Project. This program teaches participates about productive alternatives to violence. Details about the program are below.
  • Volunteers are needed for the facility Chess Club. It meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:10pm-8:50pm.
  • Volunteers are needed for the arts and crafts group that meets on Wednesdays during the following times - 8:45am-10:45am, 12:45am-3:10pm, 6:10pm-8:50pm. The program offers drawing and painting for the participants.
  • Volunteers are needed for the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs. Volunteers provide unbiased support to individuals struggling with addiction.
  • The Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS) program is a faith and character-based community that encourages offenders to choose alternatives to criminal thinking and behavior by providing a focus on spiritual and character development, life-skills training community service, and intentional preparation for living as law-abiding citizens.
  • Volunteers are needed for the following faiths: Moorish Science Temple of America and Asatru.
  • Volunteers are needed to teach the following classes/topics:
    • Knitting
    • Agreement
    • Employment skills
    • What Got Me Here
    • Effective Fathering
    • Purpose Driven Life
    • Financial Planning
    • Please Understand Me
    • Suicide Prevention and Hospice Instruction

Community Engagement Coordinator

DaJuana Cross

Please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering or making a donation. For general volunteer information, please visit the IDOC Volunteer page.