We are pleased to announce Deep Dive Learning Sessions: Justice, Safety, and Solidarity for Trans Women & Girls; and Girl Power: Using Art to End Violence Against Girls With A Long Walk Home. As well as, Innovation In Motion Session, Girls on the Rise Through Writing at In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls, October 11-13, 2017.

Join us at In Solidarity and discuss the urgent need for justice and safety for trans women and girls with Jai’ Shavers, learn about A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute with Scheherazade Tillet & Aja Reynolds, and Prison Writes’ model of engaging young women who experienced arrest, detention, and incarceration with Jessica Hall.

Justice, Safety, and Solidarity for Trans Women and Girls.

Trans women and girls, particularly trans women and girls of color, continue to face elevated levels of violence, from the tragic record killing of trans women of color to discriminatory policies and public commentary targeting the dignity and humanity of trans individuals. This session will discuss the urgent need for justice and safety for trans women and girls: what immediate needs are, what justice looks like, and how all folks of all genders can show up in solidarity.

Jai’ Shavers is BreakOUT!’s Lead Organizer who leads BreakOUT!’s membership base in areas of campaign strategy development, member engagement and outreach. Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Jai’ was a member at BreakOUT! before transitioning into a staff role through Louisiana Delta Service Corps and later into a leadership role as Lead Organizer. Also an active member of the New Orleans chapter of the Black Youth Project 100, Jai’ has organized several youth-led rallies and marches in New Orleans, met with City Council members and other local decision-makers about policy reforms, and even traveled to the White House to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ youth of color with the President’s 21st Century Taskforce on Policing and LGBTQ federal advisory committees. Launching Hearts for the Arts while in high school, an organization that connected social justice issues with cultural organizing, Jai’ is a firm believer in the power of the arts and creative expression for social change.


Girl Power: Using Art to End Violence Against Girls With A Long Walk Home.

A Long Walk Home‘s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute is a year-round artist-activist program for young African American girls and women that address racism and sexism that they face in their communities, Chicago, and our country-at-large. This youth-led workshop focuses on how to use multi-media arts (photography, music and spoken word poetry) as tools for both social change and self-care when developing campaigns to end violence against girls and young women of color.

Scheherazade Tillet is a youth organizer, artist and co-founder of A Long Walk Home (ALWH), Chicago-based national nonprofit, that uses art to empower young people to end violence against girls and women. ALWH’s main programs are the Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS), an award-winning multimedia performance in which Scheherazade photographs and performance art intimately examines her sister’s healing from sexual assault and the Girl/Friends Leadership Institutes, an art based program that partners with School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an art based program that empowers girls and young women to find their voices, create social action campaigns, and advocate for gender equality and racial justice in their schools, communities, and their larger city of Chicago. In addition, she is a co- curator of national photography project Picturing Black Girlhood

Aja Reynolds, is a graduate fellow of A Long Walk Home (ALWH), Chicago-based national nonprofit, that uses art to empower young people to end violence against girls and women. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Educational Policy Studies Department with a Social Foundations and Gender and Women’s Studies concentration. Her research explores the interconnectedness of gender-based violence and state violence, as well as, the influence geography has on cultivating Black girlhood. Her roles as educator, artist and activist are reflected in her academic contributions and the accessibility of her work.

Girls on the Rise Through Writing

Prison Writes ‘Youth Writes’ workshops engage young women who have experienced arrest, detention, incarceration and being pushed out from school into the prison pipeline. Our writing workshops invite participant’s to join in a positive and affirming experience of using writing to activate their imaginations and share their personal experiences, while developing literacy, advocacy and social skills. This workshop introduces participants to Youth Writes model and methodology.

Jessica Hall, LMSW is the founder and executive director of Prison Writes. Prison Writes is an innovative therapeutic writing program with a trauma-informed approach, bringing therapeutic writing workshops to detained, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Prison Writes workshops with adolescent boys and girls engages participants in literacy through reading, writing and story telling. Prior to founding Prison Writes Jessica worked as a community activist in the areas of healthcare, housing, and intergenerational programming. As a Social Worker Jessica has worked for City Government, Public Schools and Alternative to Incarceration Programs. Jessica has over two decades experience in providing direct services to adolescents and their families. Jessica graduated with honors from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with a focus on Community Organizing.


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Join us for three days of Learning, Strategizing, Connecting and Creating through: Full-day Pre-Conference Intensives; Front Porch Conversations; A Call to Solidarity Strategy Sessions; Deep Dive Learning Opportunities; Innovation in Motion Sessions, and visit our, Un-Exhibit Hall and Self-Care Room.

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Rise In Solidarity Together.

Change Maker, Trail Blazer, Champion, Innovator, Advocate, Ally – which are you? Support the advancement of healing, opportunity and justice for girls and young women by sponsoring the In Solidarity conference.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Holly Weems-Ladd at Holly@NationalCrittenton.org or, 503.297.2217.

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