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Volunteer Opportunities

The Last Mile

We are actively recruiting volunteers to mentor students participating in The Last Mile. The Last Mile is a non-profit organization that was founded at San Quentin State Prison in 2010. It is a full-stack computer coding boot camp, the first of its kind, that operates inside US prisons. The core belief of The Last Mile is that having a job is the key to successful re-entry and breaking the cycle of incarceration. Therefore, the program provides computer coding training to prepare students for release into today’s high-tech environment. You can view the volunteer brochure here or watch the volunteer recruitment video here.

Volunteer Groups are often sponsored by a local community organization either secular or religious. These groups provide positive community contact for our student population. Opportunities exist for ongoing programs as well as one time or occasional special programs. Volunteer groups provide the following services:

  1. Religious worship, study, and spiritual growth events
  2. Substance abuse groups
  3. Sports and recreation
  4. Cultural recreation
  5. Entertainment

Our volunteers contribute their time and talents in many ways. They work side by side with and under the supervision of the facility staff. Individual volunteers can offer the following services for our students:

  1. Serve as a mentor or tutor
  2. Sponsorship of specific interest level discussion groups
  3. Religious services and programming
  4. H.O.P.E Mentoring - currently recruiting college students to mentor through the H.O.P.E Mentoring program. Visit their website for more information and to apply.
  5. We are actively recruiting volunteers to mentor students participating in The Last Mile. The Last Mile is a non-profit organization that was founded at San Quentin State Prison in 2010. It is a full-stack computer coding boot camp, the first of its kind, that operates inside US prisons. The core belief of The Last Mile is that having a job is the key to successful re-entry and breaking the cycle of incarceration. Therefore, the program provides computer coding training to prepare students for release into today’s high-tech environment. You can view the volunteer brochure here or watch the volunteer recruitment video here.

Donation Needs

We are always in need of donations of release clothing for our students. Please contact the facility for more information on what specific items are needed.

Community Engagement Coordinator

Chaplain Shawn O'Connor

Please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering or making a donation. For general volunteer information, please visit the the IDOC Volunteer page.