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Careering Responsible Opportunity Programs Foundation

Being a contribution to others can inspire people to learn more, dream more, do more, and become more.



The Phoenix Alliance is a collaboration of like-minded prisoners who have made the commitment to positively affect the culture of prison.  Housed at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad, these men have come to the sobering realization that while the pain they have caused cannot be undone, they can live in amends by being of service to their fellow inmates and surrounding community.  Although the Phoenix Alliance membership is composed of a diverse array of personalties, backgrounds, and individual goals, there is one shared mission.  That mission is to interrupt the antisocial prison norms that perpetuate criminality and stifles the development of responsible, healthy relationships.

Phoenix Alliance's unifying purpose is served through coaching conversatons that challenge irresponsible thinking and limiting belief systems.  The group's peer mentors utilized their years of experience in prison to inspire and connect with fellow inmates while actively seeking new ways to contribute to the community.  For the last four years, the Phoenix Alliance has offered weekly self-help programs to inmates and delivered transformational seminars to Harnell College students, staff, and administrators.  The Phoenix Alliance seminars have become incorporated into Hartnell College's curriculum and are aimed at encouraging participants to discover effective ways of relating to their circumstances, choices, and visions for the future.

The Men Built for Others scholarship is the Phoenix Alliance's most recent commitment to sow value into the surrounding community and disrupt the "school-to-prison pipeline".  Guided by the philosophy that being a contribution to others can inspire people to learn more, dream more, do more, and become more, the Phoenix Alliance hopes that you will join the cause of helping a young man of promise transition into a Man Built for Others.