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Writing to right the system.

Our Mission

We empower incarcerated people to write and produce stories about their childhood to raise public awareness and galvanize support for systemic change so that all children can reach their full potential. 

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Our Vision

Our vision is to reshape our nation’s social contract with the most vulnerable of our society to focus on investments in upstream development and growth rather than paying an even higher price on downstream systems, such as mass incarceration, that are only treating the symptoms of our policy failures. 

Our work

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How to Support

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Our initial funders

California Health Care Foundation logo
Ben and Jerry Foundation logo
Shift Health Accelerator logo
Blue Shield California Foundation logo
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