ABW was at the Ann Arbor Art Fair July 15-17 2021. We were able to exchange donated PCAP art for a donation in the Washtenaw Non-Profit section of the art fair. Thank you PCAP for the donation of art. A huge thank you to volunteers who were right by our side, advocating for people formerly incarcerated and ABW. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and donated. The event was a huge success!
ABW attended a Juneteenth Pop Up event at the Ypsi Freighthouse on June 19th. The event was great and great community building opportunity. Loved supporting local Black Owned Businesses!
Mentee Lawanda is the owner of "The Chow Hall" and is also a college student attending Eastern Michigan University for a bachelors degree! Recently she has had two interviews with Fox 47 & Every Damn Day.
Click the links below to learn about her upcoming moves and learn more about her business plans as well as where you might find her next!
Every Damn Day - Lawanda Hollister - Chow Hall - YouTube
Resource fair brings together groups that help people released from prison make a smooth transition (fox47news.com)
Click the Link below to check out our latest newsletter!
ABW June 2021 Newsletter! (mailchi.mp)
Executive Director Cozine with updates on our ABW Forward Campaign!
#ABW attended two awesome community events this past weekend!
We were at Ypsi Pride Vendor Fair Friday evening! Great performances by local artists, lots of vendors supporting the queer and trans community, and an amazing atmosphere. It was so great to get out into the community. #PRIDE
Then on Juneteenth (June 19), we were at Juneteenth Pop up Shop at Ypsi Freighthouse. The event was all Black owned local businesses and vendors. There was lots of amazing businesses to support. We loved the energy and always supporting Black work. This event was organized by The Myraid Collection and Break Bread Movement.
Buy art from people who are currently and formerly incarcerated.
Use the link below for the art database
Use this link to purchase a book of poems!
We were able to hire our first ever full time program coordinator. Her name is Grace Sekulidis (she/her) and she came to us from the University of Michigan. Sekulidis has her Master of Social Work with a focus on community organization and social systems. And is working towards her social work-macro full license. She is super excited to join the ABW team. She did her undergrad at Michigan State University (Go Green!), where she participated in the InsideOut program and attended a class in the Parnell Correctional facility. A fun fact about Sekulidis is she has been a vegetarian since she was 10 years old and enjoys fishing. Sekulidis will be focusing on all things programs and volunteers, as well as many other things along the way. Welcome Grace, we are super excited to have you!!!
A special THANK YOU to Bonnie Miller and Barbara Walters of Eastern Michigan University's Criminal Justice Field Unit for this awesome and, yes, STYLISH donation of PPE masks and hand sanitizer. They definitely have us covered when it comes to navigating this pandemic!
Adam Kouraimi remembers the satisfaction of receiving his first college report card in prison about four years ago.
He'd been incarcerated since age 15. Growing up, getting straight A's in school seemed like the stuff of legends. So when he received 4.0's in art and American history courses through Jackson College, it was a "game changer."
Kouraimi, 35, is out of prison now and is working toward his bachelor's degree in digital media production. The Ypsilanti resident is part of a new pilot program at Eastern Michigan University that's guiding people as they pursue higher education and navigate the complexities of life after incarceration.
Adam Kouraimi, 35 of Ypsilanti stands during a Zoom session call with his Eastern Michigan University independent studies professor Decky Alexander at his apartment on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Kouraimi is in a pilot program at EMU headed by Alexander, to help former incarcerated people who want to either go to college or continue the college education they started in prison. Kouraimi went to prison at the age of 15 for armed robbery and spent 19 years in before being released in 2019. Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press