offered to the community
Our work began inside of prisons, but in 2020 Success Stories began offering our 12-week workshop series in spaces outside of prisons.
About the Program:
Offered to cismen who are formerly incarcerated, have interacted with the criminal punishment system, or are at risk of being criminalized or incarcerated.
Based in feminist theory that radically reshapes how people who have caused harm see themselves, their goals, and their relationships to the people closest to them.
Utilizes a “Relate – Investigate – Recreate” model where peer facilitators seek to relate with participants by describing how they personally dealt with or deal with similar thoughts and behaviors.
Examples of spaces: Schools, Reentry and Recovery programs, other nonprofit organizations
After graduating, all participants stay connected as a part of our Alumni Network, which offers tangible resource sharing, programming, and accountability to continue on their individual and collective journeys.
What Our Participants Say about the program
"On a very personal level [Success Stories Program] healed some wounds around relationships with men. For a long time, I was embarrassed and ashamed to show up with a group of men having different values.
Now, I have three sons – triplets. I hope to share with them that they can treat themselves well, be soft without being weak, and treat others with kindness and integrity. This program is aligned with how I intend on raising my sons forever."
Tyler Epps, Alumni through partnership with Rise Up Kingston and the Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center