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“What is GOGI?”

“What is GOGI?” I get that question a lot from friends, family and people I meet as I work to grow our GOGI community ‘outside the wall’. I found that an explanation of the benefits of GOGI for the ‘free’ community was needed since GOGI was created ‘inside the wall’ by prisoners for prisoners. The ‘rehabilitative’ benefits of the 12 Tools of GOGI are well explained and documented. What the ‘free’ community needs to hear…

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GOGI is Longevity

How the heck are you GOGI Nation??  Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to share some ‘Insight from the Inside’ with you! Check out this rad GOGI poem written by one of our GOGI Leaders  from Ironwood State Prison. GOGI is Longevity By Vincent ‘BOBO’ Crama GOGl is a program, To help you self-exam, So please give a damn! There are twelve steps, To help you get prepped, So that your understanding becomes more in depth There…

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Within Each Of Us Is The Ability To Change The World.

  GOGI Peeps! Streewise GOGI Tamara here to take you back in time ……. Almost every child dreams of being a superhero. The desire to help others and be of service comes naturally to children; almost as if it’s inborn in them. I remember wanting to be Wonder Woman from a very young age. Not only did she have a cool invisible plane but she helped people. I remember begging my parents to buy me…

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Fly Free With GOGI

Greetings my GOGI Peeps! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to run my jibs. The human spirit was not created to be enslaved or imprisoned. The human spirit was created to fight and survive; to rise above when pressed from all sides. The human spirit was created to fly free. The state may be able to imprison someone physically. But it cannot imprison the human spirit. It cannot imprison someone mentally. Only WE can imprison ourselves mentally. Many…

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Inside CDCR: 25 inmates graduate rehabilitative program at Salinas Valley

By Lt. Eduardo Mazariegos, AA/Public Information Officer Salinas Valley State Prison Salinas Valley State Prison held its first graduation of 25 inmates who completed the Getting Out By Going In (GOGI) program on Facility C. For a Facility known for violent incidents and entrenched gang activity, this was a milestone for the participating inmates as well as staff.  READ FULL ARTICLE

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Salt Lake Tribune: What’s GOGI? Utah inmates wanting a better life can tell you.

Today, Coach Taylor says, GOGI students are in prisons and jails in every state. Some read the book, newly revised in January, on their own; others form groups that work together to implement the tools; and some are led by volunteer coaches. There also are GOGI groups in treatment centers, halfway homes and support groups organized by ex-cons.  READ FULL ARTICLE: Downloadable PDF: article-10-14-13-whats-gogi-utah-inmates

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The 2012 CalSouthern Difference Award – Coach Taylor

READ FULL ARTICLE Downloadable PDF: article-2012-calsouthern-difference-award   WATCH THE AWARDS CEREMONY —

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Huffington Post: Finding Self-Worth in Jail—Getting Out by Going In

By Cheryl Saban Ph.D. “Getting Out by Going in — GOGI, as the program is known, is permitted and endorsed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and administered by founder and executive director, Coach Mara Leigh Taylor, author of Women in Prison – Women Finding Freedom. Coach Taylor teaches women how to GET OUT of old behavior by GOING INside themselves to find a sense of personal responsibility, personal accountability, and personal freedom.” READ…

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