GeoCareGeo Group Oakland, CA “Value Focus”

       “Value Focus” “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.  The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”  In spite of the fact that I’m just another resident of GeoCare RRC, how I chose to convey myself is completely up to me.   Many of the residents here choose… Read More


 ”Success isn’t measured on how you start your journey or how you finish it.  But how you overcome the many obstacles on that journey.” 


Resourcefulenss: Having the ability to find clever ways to overcome difficulties. Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow – after you have done your best to achieve success today.

GEO Care Residential Reentry Center

After serving my incarceration, I’ve been required to spend a total of 6 months in a GEO Care RRC (Residential Reentry Center) AKA halfway house.  In spite of the fact that the RRC is an old Victorian house.  The conditions are still strict and fall under F.B.O.P. jurisdiction and rules are tightly enforced…  I’d like… Read More

Steven Dybvad – Personal Journal – February 27, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Today was another day that every single inmate in our block, +2 other blocks, had to go down to the gym directly from lunch. The prison does this every three months to spray chemicals in our cells for bugs, most of the massive infestation of cockroaches; so regrettably, the sergeant didn’t… Read More

Steven Dybvad – Personal Journal – February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013. Happy Valentine’s Day! Even though I’m currently imprisoned with a bunch of men, and no girlfriend at home, waiting for me, I still have many special women in my life that I love unconditionally. I still had a handful of cards to send out, wishing them all a very happy Valentine’s… Read More

Phillip Jamison/ Class 10: Leadership Training

251. What does leadership mean to you? Leadership to me means to bear the qualities and capabilities to lead others.  It means to lead by example and manifest the values in which the leader wants the team to convey.  Being a leader means to live in congruence with the teams philosophy and mission statement.  As… Read More

Phillip Jamison/ Class 9: Financial Literacy

223. How would you gauge your level of financial literacy today? I have a strong understanding  to the functions of finances.  I this day and age, I have to understand the concept of this, for it’s a requirement to meet my survival needs.  Possessing the knowledge on how to balance a check book, build credit,… Read More

Steven Dybvad/ Class 2: Goals

86.) I see and hear about other men subjecting themselves to longer imprisonment terms all the time. Many behaviors can lead to such outcomes, all of which I stay far away from him and avoid like the plague. Such behaviors are fighting, drinking alcohol, and doing drugs, getting tattoos, even smoking cigarettes and many other… Read More

Steven Dybvad/ Class 2: Goals

85.) By setting long and short term goals and sticking to a daily regiment that focuses on changing our life around and creating a better future for ourselves when we are released from prison, we can overcome the ever so apparent despair that accompanies imprisonment.

Steven Dybvad/ Class 2: Goals

84.) Hopelessness is a very strong and unbearable emotion that will only disrupt and influence a person’s life to the point where we become paralyzed from moving forward with goals in life due to obsessing over such emotions.

Steven Dybvad/ Class 2: Goals

83.) I have an unflinching faith that the Lord will provide me with a good career that will help to carry me in my family through the rest of our lives.

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