Outreach Programs

Exploring the Roots of Violence Initiative
Through our "Exploring the Roots of Violence" initiative, Project NIA organizes workshops, events and most importantly develops curriculum that helps educators and organizers address violence with young people. We have developed (sometimes with our partners) several helpful resources to that end:


Attica Prison Uprising 101 – A Short Primer (2011)
This publication, created by Mariame Kaba with contributions by Lewis Wallace and Katy Groves, is a brief primer for educators and organizers. It includes a timeline of events about the Attica prison uprising (with primary sources); testimonies from Attica prisoners; poetry by Attica prisoners; sample activities for youth; and other suggested resources. This was created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the prison rebellion.

Giving Name to the Nameless – Using Poetry as an Anti-Violence Intervention with Girls (2010)
This curriculum resource was developed by Mariame Kaba with contributions by Caitlin Ostrow-Seidler.  The guide includes over 30 poems that address gender-based violence as well as tips and suggestions for individuals who are interested in facilitating poetry circles with girls and young women.

Film, Art & Resistance with Young Women in Detention (2011)
This is curriculum guide developed by the Girl Talk Leadership Team for its work at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Something is Wrong – Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence (2010)
Project NIA, the Chicago Freedom School and Teachers for Social Justice partnered with other volunteers to develop a curriculum guide in order to contribute to the ongoing efforts by young people and their adult allies to analyze the root causes of youth violence and to create local solutions.  The guide was co-edited and co-authored by Mariame Kaba.


A Story of Attica: A Zine (2011)
This zine was developed and created by Mariame Kaba, Lewis Wallace, Micah Bazant and Katy Groves. It is a shorter version of the Attica Primer listed above.

Cradle to Prison Pipeline Zine Series (2011)
This zine series was developed by Project NIA, the Jane Addams Hull House Museum and the Chicago Freedom School. There are four titles in the series. The following three were authored and illustrated by teaching artists, Rachel Williams: Girls in the System, History of Juvenile Justice in Illinois, the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The final zine was authored and illustrated by teaching artist Elgin Smith: Youth Stories (of the Incarcerated). Information about the process of developing the series can be found here.

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