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Project WHAT! is enrolling!

Project WHAT! (PW), is currently open for enrollment. PW is a youth-led leadership development program that hires and pays young people with incarcerated loved ones and equips them with invaluable professional skills. If you or anyone you know connects with young people ages 12 – 17 who may be interested in our program, please have...

Support for Returning Women

Returning home from being incarcerated can feel a lot like starting from ground zero, but that doesn’t have to be the case. On April 16, our Women Rising program hosted annual gratitude event, where we launched a Community Closet open for women returning home to access free necessities every Thursday and Friday. Thank you to...

Project WHAT! is enrolling!

Summer is just around the corner, which means our youth-led program, Project WHAT! (PW), is full swing into spring enrollment. Over the summer, PW hires and pays children of incarcerated parents, equipping them with invaluable professional skills. If you or anyone you know connects with young people ages 12 – 17, please have them complete...

Rising Voices Women Performing This Summer

On June 25th, Rising Voices will be performed with the Formerly Incarcerated People’s Performance Project at PianoFight Theater in Oakland. The theme of Rising Voices’ set is “What You Don’t See When You Look at Me”, a theme the women selected because it speaks to the pre-judgements, bias and misconceptions people hold about individuals who...

Restorative justice diversion: A model for the future

“As we hear cries around the nation to ‘defund the police’ we have to ask ourselves whether every role we play in prosecution is appropriate and necessary. If there is a better actor in the community or elsewhere, we need to step back and allow them the space to work.”   – Chesa Boudin, San Francisco...

Rising Voices Women performed with the Formerly Incarcerated People’s Performance Project

On June 25th, Rising Voices will be performed with the Formerly Incarcerated People’s Performance Project at PianoFight Theater in Oakland. The theme of Rising Voices’ set is “What You Don’t See When You Look at Me”, a theme the women selected because it speaks to the pre-judgements, bias and misconceptions people hold about individuals who...

Amid the rapid spread of COVID-19, Community Works is providing support and connection for those inside SF County Jails

Community Works in-custody programs address exigent public health crises of incarceration that are gravely exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. These vital programs must be supported and permitted to continue within the San Francisco County jails, especially during this global public health crisis.  Learn how you can help Community Works to #KeepFamiliesConnected. The coronavirus pandemic has cast a glaring spotlight on the dangerously detrimental...

Reconnect the Disconnect: 20 Years of Healing Incarceration Through Art

San Francisco Public Library will host an exhibit this fall showcasing artwork made in Community Works programs over the past two decades. Community Works’s groundbreaking programs and projects have served the Bay Area for more than 20 years. One of the most impactful ways that CW catalyzes understanding and change is with large-scale public events that give voice to marginalized communities through the creative and...

Navigating Reentry and Overcoming Domestic Violence Through Performance

The women of Rising Voices debuted their original performance piece, Deception of the Heart, last month during the First Annual Community Works Youth Theater Festival in San Francisco. The piece focuses on experiences of domestic violence, survival, and healing. Deception of the Heart is an original piece created by the women in the Rising Voices program, who channeled their...
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