Insights from the Participants:
Kevin Fuqua, T.R.U.S.T. Fellow
"The workshop of Emotional Intelligence has opened my mind to new things about my masculinity. The man I am today:
I utilize self -awareness for my own emotions and well-being.
Self-management - I utilize control over my own emotions, such as impulsiveness or sadness.
I am socially aware for the needs and concerns of others today instead of selfishness.
With relationship management, I understand that communication is helpful during conflicts and is the key to connection with others."
Brian Shipp, T.R.U.S.T. Fellow
"The EMT ladies gave us a broad medical emergency knowledge when things happen in the home, on the road, at the beach, etc. What really resonated with me was giving CPR and the main purpose you need to keep going---the heart. Before this presentation, I thought the breathing or breaths was the most important aspect in CPR---but NO! The most important is HEART PRESSES! And we are talking about pressing down continuously to the point of probably, if doing it continuously, to the point of doing it correctly---cracking ribs or sternum.
This information was so beneficial to me because being a family man, father, and grandfather, I always want to know how I can protect, save, and help my family."
Bryan Jacko, T.R.U.S.T. Fellow
"Hi, My name is Bryan Jacko, and I want to share my experience as a San Quentin T,R.U.S.T. workshop alumni. During my participation in T.R.U.S.T., I've learned to turn my liabilities into assets by developing the necessary skills to be responsible. In T.R.U.S.T., I was introduced to various life skills. The ones that stuck out the most for me were "Decision Making" and "Work Ethics" which are essential for me to be successful when I return to my community (society).
Prior to T.R.U.S.T., I had made inadequate decisions which only resulted in negative consequences. Today, I am thinking before I act to ensure myself that I am making good decisions. In order to have good work ethics, one must be able to make the right decisions."
More From Graduates of T.R.U.S.T. Workshops
“I found the T.R.U.S.T. group to have been a positive experience for my life. Why? Because I have learned so many similarities that I experienced through my life, the group members have also. This experience has given me the opportunity to reflect on my past and present journey with hope, courage, and willingness of wanting to be a better person. I have acquired more tools to reinforce my tool box.”
“The T.R.U.S.T. curriculum as a whole was and is an excellent experience. This is in part because of the different subject matter presented and discussed. In reality, all of the workshops were useful, too, because I can relate to most of them. This class has been a learning experience. Thank you.”
Emotional intelligence is important to me because I'm an emotional and passionate person, and it's important to look at yourself inward first, because everything you do starts within you. The better you are, the more you understand yourself, the better you'll be able to help someone else. You can't help another person genuinely or righteously if you are stuck in chaos."
“When I first came to the workshop, I didn’t expect much of it. But after a while getting into it, I realized there was a lot to learn about myself and things I needed to know. For example, Self Assessment and Childhood Trauma. But it didn’t stop there. I never did understand about domestic violence and the effect it has on those who I hurt. The group helped me to go deeper into my feelings and thoughts as to what I have to do to change. I am so grateful to all of the facilitators for their help and their patience.”
“The whole curriculum and program is very well designed and covers all of life’s most important guides to understanding how life should be lived in a meaningful, productive, and worthwhile way. P.S. I believe that all children in school should take some of these curriculum components.”
“I appreciate how the curriculum is becoming more in depth and more impactful, and I hope the facilitators will continue to share more of their personal stories."