• What’s a ‘digital solutions day’ and who’s invited? • After 10 years in and out of jail, how a West Philly father made it back to college • Training For A Better Life • From Norway, Pennsylvania’s prisons appear cruel and unusual” • Business leaders collaborate on reducing recidivism through education • Suit: A federal jail in Philly is stopping kids from seeing their dads • PowerUp Reentry aims to solve challenges facing returning citizens
• Returning citizens need political representation and Bill Cobb has a plan to make it happen
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – – When you think of hackathons, weekend long binge fests for coders and engineers may come to mind – but not this time, the Reentry Project is hosting its first local hackathon. PowerUp Reentry aims to solve some of the challenges faced by returning citizens.
• Apply now to take the stage and share your solutions • Halfway Back introduces Jamel Workman • He stole a $1 lemonade, smoked pot – then nearly had to die in prison • Think you have what it takes to navigate life as a returning citizen?
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
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