prisoner reform

TOOL: Week of October 1, 2018 — BOSS OF MY BRAIN

It was sitting on the tile floor of the chapel at FCI Terminal Island in San Pedro, California where the first GOGI student uttered the words BOSS OF MY BRAIN. Actually, what he said was something like, "You mean you are telling me that I am the boss of my brain?" This concept struck a cord with him, as if it was a new concept that he was able to maintain control of the activities going on between his two ears.

By |2018-10-01T12:09:06+00:00October 1st, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of October 1, 2018 — BOSS OF MY BRAIN

TOOL: Week of September 24, 2018 — ULTIMATE FREEDOM

As the GOGI Toolbox became a complete set of tools, the question that eventually emerged was "why?" Why make positive decisions? Why overcome addictions? Why grow past gang mentality? In nearly every GOGI student's journey there becomes something that tugs strongly at the heart and occupies the thoughts. Invariably, as GOGI student begin to gain insight into their abilities to create a better life and build competencies in the use of the GOGI Tools there emerges an urgency to help others. For most GOGI students it [...]

By |2018-09-24T10:39:38+00:00September 24th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of September 24, 2018 — ULTIMATE FREEDOM

TOOL: Week of September 17, 2018 — REALITY CHECK

REALITY CHECK was added as a GOGI Tool when GOGI students discovered that simply learning the GOGI Tools and practicing them within the safe confines of a jail or prison did not necessarily mean that when they had earned their physical freedom they were perfectly applying their tools for a perfectly reconstructed life on the outside. Actually, it was quite the contrary.  Practicing the GOGI tools in a setting of detention or incarceration is very different from putting the tools to use out in the free [...]

By |2018-09-17T10:00:50+00:00September 17th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of September 17, 2018 — REALITY CHECK

The GOGI – Living a Life of Service to Others

Hey there GOGI Nation! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here.  We all know ‘the GOGI gets its power by Living a Life of Service to Others’, right? But are you ever hesitant to share GOGI tools with friends or family? Are you uncertain of how to do it? Well, I’m here to tell you to take a GOGI Chill Pill and just let the GOGI Flow Go, Man! Tool Talkin’ with friends, family and even co-workers doesn’t have to be difficult or overly serious. In fact, GOGI is [...]

By |2018-09-12T06:41:25+00:00September 12th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, Streetwise GOGI, Team GOGI 4 Life!, TOOLS|Comments Off on The GOGI – Living a Life of Service to Others

TOOL: Week of September 10, 2018 — WHAT IF?

In 2008, (was it 2009?) GOGI Girl Teri came up to me with a spark in her eye and a question.  "Coach Taylor," she said, "What if I am not my past?" This simple question sparked conversation among the women living in the module at the Los Angeles County Jail called GOGI Campus. Each of the 24 women housed in this small, segregated unit within the 3,000 capacity jail wondered if they would ever be more than the decisions of the past which landed the in [...]

By |2018-09-10T10:34:28+00:00September 10th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of September 10, 2018 — WHAT IF?

TOOL: Week of August 27, 2018 — LET GO

The GOGI Tool LET GO gives anyone the power to move beyond the past, and even helps them move gracefully away from heated situations in the present. Surprisingly, LET GO even works for the emotions attached to future expectations. How can one GOGI tool be such a handy helper for past, present, and future? For the answer, let's look at the KEY WORDS for this tool. The key words for LET GO are: HAND/SQUASH/TOSS. HAND/SQUASH/TOSS came about when GOGI students were trying - very diligently - [...]

By |2018-08-27T10:39:08+00:00August 27th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of August 27, 2018 — LET GO

GOGI Crossword Puzzle Time!!!

Hey there GOGI Guys and Gals! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here with a GOGI crossword puzzle. Can YOU find all of the GOGI Tools? Click the link below the puzzle to download a pdf copy.  GOGI Tools Crossword Puzzle - CLICK HERE P.S. - Please come visit us at the Team GOGI 4 Life! Facebook group to get your GOGI on and learn how YOU can help us bring the GOGI Culture and Way of Life outside the walls and into your community! Just click [...]

By |2018-08-22T08:03:52+00:00August 22nd, 2018|GOGI's Blog, Streetwise GOGI, Team GOGI 4 Life!, TOOLS, Video|Comments Off on GOGI Crossword Puzzle Time!!!

TOOL: Week of August 20, 2018 — CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

The GOGI Tool CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY is different than the act of claiming responsibility.  The act of claiming responsibility is most often used for coming to terms with actions of the past, like claiming responsibility for a past deed, or an action that may have caused harm to others. Claiming responsibility for the impact our actions have on the world around us is an element of insight development. As a tool, CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY has very little to do with the past. CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY is actually about our [...]

By |2018-08-20T12:05:54+00:00August 20th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of August 20, 2018 — CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY

TOOL: Week of August 13, 2018 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

POSITIVE ACTIONS was added to the GOGI Toolbox during the two year period when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department permitted the first ever GOGI Campus. In this 24 bed jail housing module, which was also as the former housing unit for movie actor Robert Downey Jr. and Paris Hilton (not housed there at the same time, obviously), the GOGI Campus was home to a total of 350 women who came into and left out of the housing as their court cases dictated. At GOGI Campus we focused [...]

By |2018-08-13T10:00:41+00:00August 13th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, TOOLS|Comments Off on TOOL: Week of August 13, 2018 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

Victim or Solution?

 Greetings GOGI Nation!  Streetwise GOGI here to ask you a question: "Do you view yourself as a victim or part of the solution?"  If you are using POSITIVE WORDS, you are part of the solution! Why? Because when you use POSITIVE WORDS in the face of negative situations, you have an uncommon control over the outcome. You no longer need to be the victim of circumstance. You can create the outcome you desire with POSITIVE WORDS. You can use POSITIVE WORDS by asking yourself the THREE P’s. Are [...]

By |2018-08-13T10:05:59+00:00August 8th, 2018|GOGI's Blog, Streetwise GOGI, Team GOGI 4 Life!, TOOLS|Comments Off on Victim or Solution?