To deliver a coaching certification program for 26 leaders at Lancaster State Prison (CA) to help them address prison violence, find transformational agendas in their work, and to continue to create a path toward healing for 600 men incarcerated on YARD A.


Coaching skills, widely used in the corporate world and increasingly with nonprofit leaders have rarely if ever been taught to people incarcerated in prisons and jails. The core purpose of this project is to bring the rigor of the Coaching Certification program utilized by Leadership That Works to 26 men that are peer educators, teachers, facilitators and mentors on YARD A at CSP Lancaster, the only prison in Los Angeles County. Coaching is an asset-based approach that uses deep listening, empowering questions, visioning, accountability and somatic work to support people to break old habits, to develop new practices and embrace change.