This week: Profiling two organizations on the frontline of reentry

Malcolm Jenkins on reentry organizations in Philly

A few months ago, my teammates Chris Long, Torrey Smith, and Rodney McLeod sat down with me and many of Philadelphia’s strongest community leaders who have taken it upon themselves to create grassroots organizations dedicated to the betterment of our community. Here’s why you should know about them and how you can join me in supporting them.

This week: The Reentry Project wins Philadelphia News Award

This week: The Reentry Project wins Philadelphia News Award

• Honored: The Reentry Project wins Philadelphia News Award
• Video: Looking back at #PowerUpReentry
• Philadelphia Assembled exhibit concludes with discussion on art and societal transformations
• New location expected to make RISE more accessible

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: December 15, 2017

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Honored: The Reentry Project wins Philadelphia News Award

The Reentry Project was named best Non-Traditional News Provider of 2017 last night by the Philadelphia News Awards. The awards are presented by the Pen and Pencil Club, the nation’s oldest press club, in Center City Philadelphia.

Project editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky and Jane Von Bergen of The Philadelphia Inquirer accepted the award. The organization was inspired by a discussion between the two early last year.

The honor recognizes contributions to The Reentry Project from more than a dozen collaborating local newsrooms and universities, supporters, project staffers and interns.

Peak Johnson of Billy Penn, who has been telling stories of people returning from incarceration for the past year was nominated as the best Community Reporter of 2017.

Among project collaborators on hand during the event were, from left:
• Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, executive editor of The Philadelphia Citizen,
• Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, project editor for The Reentry Project and director of the Philadelphia Solutions Journalism Collaborative
• Shannon Wink, editor of Billy Penn
• Jane Von Bergen, workplace reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer
• Dominique “Peak” Johnson, Knight Fellow at Billy Penn
• Emily Scott from The Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University

Video: Looking back at #PowerUpReentry

Dozens of volunteers came together in October for #PowerUpReentry: A Digital Solutions Day, a hackathon intended to create tools and services to support people through life after incarceration in Philadelphia. Our partners at PhillyCam produced this video report:

You can also view our slide show and read a recap at WHYY.org.

Philadelphia Assembled exhibit concludes with discussion on art and societal transformations

PHL Assembled collaborators on empowering marginalized communities through art – Generocity Philly

On Saturday evening, with a blanket of fresh snow transforming the face of Philly, three Philadelphia Assembled collaborators and A Blade of Grass fellows Black Quantum Futurism and Reentry Think Tank discussed art and societal transformations.

New location expected to make RISE more accessible

Philly’s reentry office just moved back to Center City – Generocity Philly

Philly’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) ED Ceciley Bradford-Jones has been talking about moving the agency’s office to Center City since the beginning of 2017. Because for the workforce development office tasked with helping returning citizens get back to their lives, she said at the time, its services needed to be part of the centralized services system that includes City Hall, probation, parole, etc.