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Past Projects

While headquartered in Chicago from 2009 – 2016, Project Nia developed and supported programs to address juvenile justice issues, including activism, volunteer programs, and art exhibits.

Circles & Ciphers

A hip-hop infused restorative justice organization led by and for young people affected by violence.

Chicago Girl Talk

A volunteer outreach to support girls and young women in the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center.

Liberation Library

An initiative to provide books to young people in Illinois prisons and juvenile detention centers.

Campaign to close Illinois youth prisons

An overview of our efforts to overhaul and shrink the Illinois youth prison system.

Chicago Student Safety Act Coalition

Our campaign to make school safety discipline and safety more transparent in the Chicago Public School system.

Un-Marked Campaign

Our movement to allow Illinois youth to have their arrest record reviewed before they turn 18, similar to the rights of adults.

Black/Inside: Exploring a History of Captivity & Confinement

A community-curated exhibit of photographs and other artifacts of black prisoners throughout the years.

Black & Blue: Art about Policing, Resistance and Violence

An exhibit featuring art from children and adults about policing, violence and resistance.

Community Safety Looks Like

A blog featuring photos of Chicagoan’s response to the question, “What does community safety look like?”

A World Without Prisons

An art exhibition which brought together the visions of incarcerated youth and people on the outside to imagine a world without prisons.

NYC Transformative Justice Hub

Gathering in New York City to learn skills for ending violence, together.