Telling our Stories

Telling our Stories

29 Aug 2017

During the past year, Osborne partnered with StoryCorps, the national oral history project and radio program, to record, preserve and share the unique and important stories of our staff and participant community. StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. 

Continue reading...
Strengthening Lives and Communities Through Alternatives to Violence

Strengthening Lives and Communities Through Alternatives to Violence

26 Jul 2017

Osborne's mentoring program participants recently went on a retreat to upstate New York for a weekend of community building through Alternatives to Violence (AVP) workshops. Osborne Lead Mentor T Haywood first discovered the Alternatives to Violence Project while incarcerated and now leads workshops and trains mentoring participants to be AVP facilitators. Program participants, Sierra Williams and Tayvon Williams, share in their own words what they learned from the retreat. 

Continue reading...
Celebrating Youth with Incarcerated Parents

Celebrating Youth with Incarcerated Parents

13 Jul 2017

Osborne’s Youth Action Council (YAC) and Youth Experience Success (YES) programs celebrated their annual Achievement Ceremony at St. James’ Episcopal Church this June. Volunteer partners at St. James’ welcomed Osborne staff, families, and caregivers to their beautiful and historic building to recognize the youths’ achievements during the 2016-2017 cycle. The participants in these two programs all share at least one thing in common: they have a currently incarcerated parent or a parent that was recently released from prison. Osborne’s YES Program is a nine month, skills-building curriculum for youth ages 13 to 15, who have a parent who is currently incarcerated. The YAC is a group of 16 to 19-year-olds whose mission is to raise awareness about the effect of parental incarceration on children and advocate for positive changes in the criminal justice system. At the ceremony there was a palpable sense of pride in the air for these youth, especially when listening to the amazing sound clouds both the YES and YAC members created on their own this year. One of the highlights of the ceremony each year is when the youth share what the program means to them. See their inspiring speeches below.

Continue reading...
The Nation | What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities?

The Nation | What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities?

03 Nov 2015

Image Source: http://www.thenation.com/article/what-happens-when-old-prisons-are-given-back-to-their-communities/

By Victoria Law | The Nation

What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities?
As New York State begins closing prisons, some are being sold to the highest bidder—but some are becoming sites of social change.

The following is an excerpt, the full article can be read here.

Continue reading...
Advocates Succeed in Halting Harmful Changes to Visiting Standards at Rikers Island

Advocates Succeed in Halting Harmful Changes to Visiting Standards at Rikers Island

20 Jan 2016

Osborne's President and CEO, Elizabeth Gaynes testifies before the New York City Board of Correction at the October, 16 2015 hearing on  proposed revisions to minimum standards for new york city jails regarding visiting

Continue reading...