About Joining Forces
JOINING FORCES is a curriculum for students in grades K-12 designed to create a supportive space for youth who have been impacted by the incarceration of a loved one.
The title JOINING FORCES represents the dual perspectives of the school community and criminal justice reform, as well as the perspectives of the two co-authors, Dr. Whitney Q. Hollins and Pamela Brunskill.
Hollins and Brunskill each experienced parental incarceration during their childhood and, as adults, work as educators with a special interest in supporting children of incarcerated parents.
JOINING FORCES’ social-emotional content is intended to help individuals navigate the questions, feelings, and injustices associated with the collateral consequences of mass incarceration.
The goals are to: 1) Provide strategies and support to help the youth heal, commune and thrive, and 2) Empower these individuals with the knowledge necessary to dismantle the carceral state at their own comfort levels using a literacy and arts-based approach.
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