About Us

We create collaborative and innovative learning communities within correctional settings.  Inspired by the U.S. Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, W2B courses bring together incarcerated/criminalized students and students enrolled at colleges/universities to study together for semester long for-credit courses. To date, 24 W2B courses have been offered in Canada. The National Program Hub is located in The Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.

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Facilitator Trainings

We provide an annual five-day intensive facilitator training for educators wishing to learn the W2B pedagogical model and establish their own universities/colleges partnerships with local correctional settings. Trainings take place predominately at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario. Participants engage in experiential activities and dialogue designed to learn the W2B pedagogy, including ‘facilitating’ rather than lecturing, engaging in circle processes, and creating an equalitarian classroom climate. Facilitators of the trainings are women incarcerated at Grand Valley, formerly incarcerated people, other collective members and W2B staff.

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W2B Collectives

Students who have taken W2B courses have established two collectives: one located in Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, ON and one community-based collective in Toronto. Both collectives design and facilitate workshops about topics related to criminalization, education, and employment. The perspectives, voices and experiences of people with lived experience of incarceration are foregrounded in our workshops as we model the W2B pedagogy and facilitate innovative ways of engaging in dialogue and social change.

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