Re-Entry Program Seeking Stories of Formerly Incarcerated Women

Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life, next to the cover of her book.

Testif-i, a storytelling project of the re-entry program A New Way of Life, is seeking the stories of formerly incarcerated women, as well as the children of formerly/currently incarcerated women, to help channel energy into the movement to end mass incarceration. They are soliciting stories from San Francisco Bay Area residents who have been impacted by experiences with one or more of the following: child/family reunification; taking a plea bargain; or significant barriers to reentry, including difficulty obtaining housing, employment, student loans, professional licensing, insurance, etc.

Through the use of video, interviews, guided storytelling, social media and live public events, Testif-i storytelling platform provides an outlet for formerly incarcerated women and their children to speak their truth, which in turn will create awareness of the impact mass incarceration has on families and communities to affect policy change.

Participants in the 2019 round of stories will take part in an on-camera interview, a photo shoot and several Living Library events that showcase storytelling in its purest form through face-to-face encounters between storytellers and audience members. Participants may also be asked to contribute to our blog.

Testif-i invites the public to view last year’s videos on their  website at and then fill out the application by clicking the link below to determine whether you’d like to share your story. Through your story, the unique needs and experiences of formerly incarcerated women and their children can be heard. Tell your story, and make a difference.

If you have questions, please email us at [email protected] The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2019. This program is open to San Francisco- Bay Area residents only.




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