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Honoring Demetrius Fleming Davis

It is with very heavy hearts that we honor the life of Roots of Success student Demetrius Fleming Davis, who died after being struck by a stray bullet in Oakland just a few days before his 19th birthday. Demetrius was enrolled in the Roots of Success course as part of...

Partner Spotlight: Growing Home

On April 1st, we had the great pleasure of training three new instructors from Growing Home. Growing Home is Chicago’s leading expert in farm-based training for people with employment barriers. The program, based in the Englewood community, has been around since 2002...

Partner Spotlight: Berkeley Youth Alternatives

Berkeley Youth Alternatives, known by locals as BYA,  is one of the most important centers serving children and youth from low-income families in Berkeley, California. For over 40 years, BYA has provided a place for youth through an after school center, career...

Partner Spotlight: Ecotrust

Ecotrust is a Portland, Oregon nonprofit whose mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Their goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities,...

Partner Spotlight: Windy City Harvest

This year, we are happy to welcome three new Roots instructors from Windy City Harvest, an education and jobs-training initiative of the Chicago Botanic Garden that has been teaching Roots of Success for seven years. Windy City Harvest (WCH) is located in Chicago's...
Outside the Wall: Enjoying the View

Outside the Wall: Enjoying the View

The following was written by Grady Mitchell. Grady is a Roots of Success instructor, master trainer, and Advisory Board member, and recently joined us as Corrections and Reentry Outreach Coordinator. Grady was incarcerated in Washington state prisons for 37 years and...

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Partner Spotlight: Growing Home

Partner Spotlight: Growing Home

On April 1st, we had the great pleasure of training three new instructors from Growing Home. Growing Home is Chicago’s leading expert in farm-based training for people with employment barriers. The program, based in the Englewood community, has been around since 2002...

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Outside the Wall: Waiting and Listening

Outside the Wall: Waiting and Listening

The following was written by Lori Moseley, Roots of Success instructor and advisory board member. Lori was incarcerated for two and a half years, and was released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon last month. She loves cats and dad jokes. Keep visiting...

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Outside the Wall: Introducing Jaime

Outside the Wall: Introducing Jaime

The following is written by Jaime Armour, who graduated from Roots of Success at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Jaime was able to return to her community in The Dalles, Oregon in 2019. She will be providing us with updates about how she’s spending her energy and...

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Partner Spotlight: Ecotrust

Partner Spotlight: Ecotrust

Ecotrust is a Portland, Oregon nonprofit whose mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Their goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities,...

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Outside the Wall: The universe always provides

Outside the Wall: The universe always provides

The following was written by Lori Moseley, Roots of Success instructor and advisory board member. Lori was incarcerated for two and a half years, and was released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Oregon in January. She loves cats and dad jokes. Keep visiting...

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