CalSouthern students are invited to volunteer with the groundbreaking nonprofit organization Getting Out by Going In. Students in the MS (psychology) program can receive externship credit.
Dr. Mara Leigh Taylor—winner of the 2012 CalSouthern Difference Award for her innovative and highly effective work with incarcerated men, women, and children worldwide—and CalSouthern are pleased to announce the availability of volunteer opportunities with Getting Out By Going In (GOGI). GOGI is the nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Taylor that fights recidivism and improves the lives of prisoners worldwide by teaching them skills for positive decision making. Inmates are taught the Twelve Steps of GOGI through correspondence learning, GOGI volunteer prison visits, facility-sponsored GOGI programs, and inmate-led groups.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available and all CalSouthern students are eligible to participate in the program. Students in the Master of Science in Psychology (MS) degree program may be particularly interested: GOGI volunteer work can be used to satisfy the program’s externship requirements (PSY 88001).
Forensic psychology and programs designed to help former prisoners, addicts and others transition back into society represent a growing field within the behavioral sciences, and volunteering with GOGI gives students invaluable experience in this area. In addition, as Dr. Taylor (“Coach,” as she’s known among the people of GOGI) can affirm, students will enjoy immeasurable personal rewards.
“I remember when I began my volunteer work assisting the incarcerated. I felt I was doing them a favor, completing my hours and getting class credits,” says Taylor. “I learned very quickly, however, that my volunteerism in service of others was the catalyst of my own internal freedom. Working with GOGI is not only a wonderful educational opportunity, but it also includes a reminder of the blessings we often take for granted.”
To take advantage of this potentially life-changing opportunity, please contact Dr. Taylor at [email protected]. Students in the School of Behavioral Sciences’ MS program who would like to apply their volunteer hours toward the requirements of PSY 88001 should also contact their academic advisor.