Let’s talk reentry. Last week we shared The Reentry Project’s PowerUp Reentry event, an October hackathon (aka “digital solutions day”) for folks working in the reentry community, as well as journalists and technologists ( RSVP here). The collaborative just announced another cool event for the following month.
On the evening of November 15th, The Reentry Project will host: “The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated,” an open public event at the Franklin Institute, to advance the conversation on reentry in Philadelphia. We expect the audience to be a broad cross section of Philadelphians– from everyday folks to politicians, from business leaders to criminal justice experts.
The highlight of the event will be six “Lightning Talks”– 10 minute-long presentations by formerly incarcerated people on solutions to reentry challenges.
This is an open call to give one of these Lightning Talks. If you are a formerly incarcerated individual who has a reentry solution idea and is prepared to deliver an engaging and innovative presentation on this idea – please fill out this form to be considered for the event. Your reentry model, approach, or program must have proven track record through evidence based evaluation or through sustained support and success from within the community.
Here are some topics we are interested in, but we are open to others as well:
• Home ownership
• Harnessing the political power of the formerly incarcerated
• Violence Prevention
• Trauma-informed care
Click to: Complete the application form now.
Questions? Use the contact form in the left column.
DEADLINE: ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59PM ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11TH.
The next couple of months are filling up with events that will shed light on some local solutions for the issue of reentry, including a hackathon bringing together different communities and a TED Talk-style event where you’ll get to hear directly from those formerly incarcerated.
“What would you do if you found yourself fresh out of prison, a social outcast in a strange city, with nowhere to lay your head?” This is the question reentry service organization Redemption Housing is posing in its first ever Day One Challenge , a three-hour immersion into the experience of a person recently released from prison.
The Reentry Blueprint: Stories and Solutions from the Formerly Incarcerated is a free public event to advance the conversation on reentry in Philadelphia by providing a platform for formerly incarcerated people to present effective models that address the challenges facing people with criminal histories.
The evening will highlight six “Lightning Talks” (short Ted-style presentations) by formerly incarcerated individuals on topics such as harnessing the political power of the formerly incarcerated, crime and violence reduction, home-ownership, entrepreneurship, and trauma informed care. Following the presentations, there will be a chance for you, the audience, to ask questions of presenters.
The event will conclude with closing remarks and discussion of a “Blueprint” that we can hold each other accountable to relating to reentry in the city of Philadelphia.
We hope you can join us.
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for entrance.
When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street (map)
If you are a formerly incarcerated individual who has a reentry solution idea and is prepared to deliver an engaging and innovative presentation on this idea – please fill out this form.
Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day will bring together coders, journalists and returning citizens together. Dawn McDougall is looking forward to the upcoming reentry hackathon. Not only is It an important topic but an opportunity, she said, for Philadelphians to look into the issue broadly and develop potential solutions for people returning from prison.