6 Ways to Get Involved

1. STAY IN THE LOOP

The easiest way to get started supporting the Strong Returns mission is to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and our Newsletter:

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2. JOIN THE NETWORK

To capture the energy generated by this model and to integrate with present campus efforts for prison reform, we are launching a nationwide Millennial Prison Reform Network to connect and serve young prison reform advocates across the country. The network consists of two parts: (1) A public database, the Millennial Prison Reform wiki, to house information on campus prison groups, Millennial activists, successful strategies, criminal justice professors, and prison reform organizations; and (2) an organized set of communication channels to facilitate connection and conversation among young prison reformers.

If you want to do more than just follow – if you want to get connected with other young prison activists by becoming a member of the Millennial Prison Reform Network – head over to the network’s page, email Pete@StrongReturns.org or navigate to the appropriate sign-up form below:

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3. TELL A STORY

Strong Returns maintains the first-ever Millennial-driven storybank of stories about the prison system.

If you have a story to share about the prison system — be it you or your own family’s experience with incarceration, a video interview you conducted with a formerly incarcerated person about reentry, a spotlight on a prison reform group building alternatives — we hope you can send it our way, so we can feature it in the Storybank, promote it to the national Strong Returns network, and help you promote it to your own social or campus network.

To submit to the Storybank — or even just to discuss a possible story to submit — contact us at Pete@StrongReturns.org or click here.

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4. SUBMIT A REFORM

Strong Returns’ mission is centered on building, pushing and voting a Millennial Prison Reform Agenda, the first-ever prison reform agenda developed to express Millennial values and publicized with Millennial voters in mind. We’re developing this agenda the Millennial way: by spurring and organizing a generation-wide conversation about prisons and prison reform.

If you have a prison reform policy proposal you think should be in the Millennial Prison Reform Agenda, email Pete@StrongReturns.org or click here. Ideally, you should design your submissions in the form of dynamic explainers, like how Vox or Vlogbrothers do, so that those outside of the prison reform community can understand your proposal.

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5. HOST A CAMPUS EVENT

Simple events that feature different aspects of nearby prison and reentry communities can go a long way to kickstarting the spirit of prison reform on your campus. That’s why Strong Returns is touring campuses to throw events that spotlight the different parts of the prison system — from inmates to returning citizens; from prison reform groups to criminal justice scholars — that students can reach out to in the coming years.

We call on students across the country to host campus events that help their classmates better encounter the reality of the American prison system. They can be as easy as a documentary viewing, as simple as inviting a returning citizen to speak and participate in a live “Ask Me Anything” about prison and reentry, and as hip as a TEDx-like campus prison reform speakers series… anything to turn your classmates on to making prison reform your campus’ issue in the 2016 election. And remember: we’ll help expand your impact by featuring your event on our Strong Returns network.

If you want to discuss hosting a Strong Returns event on your campus, contact Scott@StrongReturns.org or click here.

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6. LAUNCH A CAMPUS GROUP

We aim for every campus in America to have a student group devoted to creating a bridge between their campus and the local prison and reentry community. Even campus-to-prison bridges that start small – holding occasional discussions, bringing in a speaker every so often – serve as foundations for the creation of more lasting connections: courses taught in prisons alongside inmates, degree programs for inmates, sustained service and community relationships with local returning citizen groups, and student campaigns for state policy changes.

To discuss launching a campus-to-prison bridge group on your campus, email Scott@StrongReturns.org or click here.

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GET IN TOUCH

Strong Returns is spearheaded by Scott Johnston and Pete Davis, two recent Harvard College graduates and upcoming law school students.

scott Scott Johnston is an Escondido, California native and recent graduate of Harvard College, where he studied Sociology. He has a passion for human rights work that focuses on empowering those who are disadvantaged, and unwavering faith in our daily potential to change. When not working, you can often find him watching baseball, writing songs, and snapping photos. Email Scott at Scott@StrongReturns.org.
pete Pete Davis is a Falls Church, Virginia native and recent graduate of Harvard College, where he studied Politics. He is the co-founder of OurCommonPlace, a web platform for local community engagement, and a proud alumni of Ralph Nader’s Center for Study of Responsive Law, where he worked for two years promoting anti-poverty legislation. By night, you can find him playing folk music and hitting the D.C. alternative stand up circuit. Email Pete at Pete@StrongReturns.org.

Our work is made possible by the Ford Foundation and supporters like you across the country.

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