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I have the opportunity to volunteer at a prison. They actually have seem neat programs like literacy classes, culinary classes, health education, job readiness, and other things. I just don't know if volunteering with this population could be seen as sort of controversial...? Thoughts?
 

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I think that's pretty awesome, and even though I'm not an adcom I think that they will too. Respect, man.
 
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It actually sounds super cool and really worthwhile.
 
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Just make sure you don't give anyone a "emergency break" so they can go flush drugs down the toilet.
 
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I have the opportunity to volunteer at a prison. They actually have seem neat programs like literacy classes, culinary classes, health education, job readiness, and other things. I just don't know if volunteering with this population could be seen as sort of controversial...? Thoughts?
Volunteering in a prison will help your application stand out, as it's not commonly done.
 
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as long as volunteering isnt actually part of your rehabilitation. having done most of my MSW clinical work in a prison You may find it fascinating
 
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Not controversial.

Volunteering in a prison will help your application stand out, as it's not commonly done.

Thank you for your input! I am interested in it because I like the different programs they offer, and I like the idea of helping people get back on their feet and become productive members of society. It is also easy for me to get to this place. I am just curious if volunteering with people who were incarcerated raises questions about my background? I was never arrested and never went to jail (knock on wood!) but I feel like they will wonder what my motives were for wanting to volunteer here. Even @gonnif prefaced his statement with the fact that "as long as it's not part of my own rehab." I would not mind answering any questions about it because as I said I never got into legal trouble (knock on wood...) but it would make me a little uncomfortable if they did assume it to begin with.
 

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Thank you for your input! I am interested in it because I like the different programs they offer, and I like the idea of helping people get back on their feet and become productive members of society. It is also easy for me to get to this place. I am just curious if volunteering with people who were incarcerated raises questions about my background? I was never arrested and never went to jail (knock on wood!) but I feel like they will wonder what my motives were for wanting to volunteer here. Even @gonnif prefaced his statement with the fact that "as long as it's not part of my own rehab." I would not mind answering any questions about it because as I said I never got into legal trouble (knock on wood...) but it would make me a little uncomfortable if they did assume it to begin with.
as I say in one presentation
community service is good
court ordered community service isnt
 
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not controversial at all; very interesting and different, med schools would like that. shows you care about people, even those who aren't as fortunate as you and I
 
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Just the contrary, very admirable. Just don't let the prisoners have any contraband, especially drugs.
I have the opportunity to volunteer at a prison. They actually have seem neat programs like literacy classes, culinary classes, health education, job readiness, and other things. I just don't know if volunteering with this population could be seen as sort of controversial...? Thoughts?
 

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I did it. It was looked on very favorably in every interview it was brought up in.

I can't imagine a scenario where it would be looked on poorly (unless it was court ordered volunteerism)
 

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That sounds very admirable of you. Being suspicious of you for volunteering in jail is absurd
 
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