Gina's Team is a 501 C 3 non-profit that promotes and provides leadership and self-reliance programs to incarcerated women in Arizona's Perryville State Prison. Gina's Team focuses on Getting Inmates Needs Addressed. This is done 100% by donations and unpaid volunteers at no cost to the facilities, or tax payers.
In 2009 Gina's Team, which is named in memory of Gina Marie Panetta, was co-founded by Gina's parents, Chris and Dianne Panetta and a former cellmate of Gina's. Gina's dream was to be a guidance counselor after being released to help young girls avoid making bad choices like she did, and to help the incarcerated women in Perryville. A dream she was not able to realize due to her death from undiagnosed Leukemia while still serving time in Perryville.
Gina's Team serves the inmate population by bringing in passionate volunteers, community leaders, speakers, and educators to inspire and teach self-reliance, and leadership skills based on a leadership program developed by members of Gina's Team board. This curriculum focuses on self-exploration, inner strength, forgiving self and others, activism, collaboration, and being all you can be, providing inmates with motivation to prepare them for a smoother transition upon release.
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