Christopher became a believer in resistance after experiencing the transformative powers in mathematics. Once establishing himself in the mathematical community, he began seeking ways to share this gift with others. Christopher aims to redefine productivity in prisons and thus has built the Prison Mathematics Project, a national nonprofit 501c3 that reproduces the very same conditions that led to his success. The Prison Mathematics Project was built around the limitations of the pandemic in an effort to diversify mathematics and redefine productivity in prisons by providing participants the opportunity to self-rehabilitate through learning about community and culture in mathematics and facilitated by mentors in the math community. These relationships can lead to research opportunities and provide the participant a lifestyle that exists around their passion for mathematics, which the PMP will continue into their release
I am a firm believer in transformational growth and positive change through self-discovery and evidence-based programming. I spent my childhood in state foster care and my teenage years and entire adult life in prison. in spite of this I have not allowed myself to become institutionalized nor have I given up on myself. I have spent years growing and maturing into a person I am proud of in an environment of despair and destruction and in the process overcame addiction, gang life, prison yard, politics, racism, and homophobia. love conquers all.
I've spent 15 years dedicated to finding inner peace, empowering my sobriety and channeling positive outlooks since incarceration. I have over 200 hours devoted to nonviolent communication studies and have helped teach hundreds of others to practice these calming techniques. Eastern philosophies and yoga have become a way of understanding for me and I've worked closely with multiple organizations who extend this knowledge behind bars. I'm an enthusiastic public speaker and have 5 years of leadership practices with Toastmasters International. I've conquered my math anxiety and earned an Associates's Degree in Business Management. I'm a peer reentry counselor, a math tutor, a 12-Step sponsor, and a source of inspiration for those who struggle to find their purpose in life. I'm a dedicated disaster who plans on continuing my education after release and spreading the message about capturing the beauty in life through life coaching. The power is in all of us
As a veteran of the US Army with multiple combat tours, I have invested intensive therapy into my complex traumas and psychological rehabilitation. I've maintained steady employment since my incarceration in 2012 as a contributing member of my prison community. I have been recognized as a public speaker and executive leader with Toastmasters International since 2014. I've developed sewing skills and have created quilts for Seattle's homeless since 2015. I was hand selected to collaborate with University of Washington students on a broad scope of prison reform topics. I've offered thousands of hours peer counseling hundreds of inmates on the power of reentry planning and recidivism reduction, an effort which has sparked passion for my post release career path in social work. I've been writing for HumanMe since its inception in 2018, with my favorite topics centered around the power of personal stories. Humanity exists here
Have over 60 awards, certificates, achievements, and degrees over 10 years (8x the typical amount). Served as Toastmaster's Club 2535 Executive Secretary, Club Mentor, and District 2 Area Director. Mentored dozens. Created goal setting and coaching processes. Launched 2 writing platforms, published academically in 2021. Engaged in 1000 plus hours of cognitive change programs and individual therapy. No gangs, assaults and 9 years infraction free (and counting). Learned to love me, which means I can finally love others
My name is Valerie. I am Ruth's mom and I do the actual posting for those that are still incarcerated. I love these guys and girls for the changes I see in them through my interactions with them. I have met most of them at graduation ceremonies and other events at the prison. My goal is to just be able to continue to support them in any way I can, and right now this is the best way for me to support them, by letting their voices be heard.