About Choices for Freedom
Incorporated in California in 2016, Choices For Freedom is a nonprofit with a mission to improve the lives of individuals and communities caught up in mass incarceration.
Nate brings an in-depth understanding of the needs of our diverse communities, as well as a wide network of relationships- both locally and internationally. Team members bring cultural competence and life experience to our programs while working with detained youth, adults and the community.
Our Core Programs and Services:
Designed primarily to be delivered inside and outside prisons and juvenile detention centers in California to systems' impacted adults and youth
Path 2 Restoration arts and humanities workbook curriculum, based on Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Art and healing activities for children with incarcerated parents include but not limited to: healing circles, yoga and mindfulness practices, poetry, film making, story telling, and music.
Choices is active in the movement to reform the juvenile justice system, to get more rehabilitative and therapeutic services into prisons, and to assist individuals with reentry back into the community
Our Racial Equity Statement:
Choices For Freedom honors and celebrates the rich history of African-American, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous communities throughout California and recognizes the important roles they have played in the political, cultural, and economic history of the region. We acknowledge that in Oakland we occupy traditional and unceded Ohlone land. We recognize the ongoing exclusion and dispossession of communities of color, which has resulted in pervasive inequities in economic, political, and social power. We affirm the central role that the arts have played in the survival of these cultures, and we commit to working with them to promote their artistic traditions and innovations through public events and projects.
Nate has been providing both volunteer and paid services since his release in November 2012 and plans to continue the work of Choices for Freedom as long as there are people being incarcerated.