Freedom Project 


Freedom Project teaches Nonviolent Communication to inmates at three Washington prisons. With 45 volunteer trainers, we provided over 7200 hours of training in 2014. Courses in mindfulness and meditation support the work done in Nonviolent Communication training. Our goal is to transform prisoners into peacemakers and to ensure that our communities are safe.

Mission Statement
The Freedom Project strengthens our community by transforming prisoners into peacemakers. We offer training in concrete skills of nonviolence and mindfulness leading to reconciliation with ourselves, our loved ones, and the community. Our work addresses the healing of relationships ruptured by violence and the forging of community founded on genuine safety through connection.
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Freedom Project
4759 15th Avenue NE 
(206) 325-5678 

K.C. Young, OP 
Executive Director 


Freedom Project Programs

Freedom Project provides training Nonviolent Communications in select Washington state prisons. The classes and workshops in nonviolent communication provide opportunities for individuals to assess the actions and assumptions in light of both feelings and needs to learn more empathy and compassion for self and for others. This type of emotional intelligence education helps the prisoner to begin to transform him/herself into a peacemaker.

Mindfulness accompanies the work of nonviolent communication. This course work teaches the prisoner how to stay in the moment, how to not fall prey to compulsive emotions and how to live with attention and intention.  All are encouraged to practice mindfulness meditation and nonviolent communication  to enhance their learning process.

In addition to the core programming provided inside prison, a Community Circle is offered monthly to community members; returnees who have completed their sentences as well as family members, volunteers and other friends of Freedom Project. We also offer regular community trainings in mindfulness and nonviolent communication. Ongoing professional development classes round out our course of offerings.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In 2014 Sage Publications published research that verifies that those individual in prison who take nonviolent communication coursework are 21% less likely to return to prison.   

Our current need is to continue to train and support our volunteers who lead programs in the prisons, and expand to other prisons in Washington. We currently have requests from large maximum and medium security prisons and minimum security units that we cannot serve due to limitations in funding and qualified volunteers


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