The Walls to Bridges Collective at Grand Valley Institution for Women
The central responsibility of the collective at GVI is to design and facilitate the annual Facilitator Training. The collective also supports W2B classes at GVI and facilitates workshops about criminalization, gender, education, employment and social justice. The workshops we deliver in community settings are conducted in partnership with formerly incarcerated W2B alumni, living in the Greater Toronto Area. 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 about criminalization, imprisonment, stigma, education and employment. Participants have described our workshops as “transformative”, “enlightening”, “motivating” and “inspiring”!