ZOOM ZOOM – A PANDEMIC LOVE STORY
HELP US TO CONTINUE RE-WRITING THE ENDING!!!!!
Isn’t it astonishing how rapidly life can change?
In March 2020, our group meeting places were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were no longer able to gather as we did in 2019.
As our community came to grips with this, we all began to realize that our lives are being affected in ways we have never experienced. We also knew that we must advocate for those who were still in prison.
And as the news and information continued to unfold and separate us, we, at Project Liberation reflected very deeply on what could be done to serve and support in this time of unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty.
Many in our community were (and still are) facing great economic hardship, fear for their health and the health of those they love, grief over a devastating loss, or the unnerving prospect of being home bound for months, – all of us being challenged to rapidly adapt to a life and world we couldn’t have imagined.
SO, WE PIVOTED!!!
IT WAS IMPERATIVE TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY AGAINST ALL ODDS!
So, we invited all to join us virtually on a journey of self-discovery designed to help each participant step into a profound source of inner strength, resilience, wisdom and compassion that could enable navigation of the upheaval and uncertainty of this time with grace and authenticity. We started with teleconferencing, as many did not own a computer. Over the months we taught and graduated to Zoom and Slack – more advanced tools to confront inner and outer struggles that were stretching us in new ways and calling us to go deeper to find a center we didn’t know we had. We also advocated for those who were in prison and older or with underlying conditions. We are proud that 32 or the 33 we fought for were able to come home!!!!
We built stable, strong community through powerful practices – no matter what life, or death brought our way… And as the time went by, this became more important than ever, as we lost many.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
The adversity of these times has shown us that there is an opportunity to reach and help more women. We need outreach, marketing, software and research dollars to do this! We need to develop curriculum so our work can extend from 15 sessions to ongoing weekly sessions all year long…..52 weeks a year.
Please listen to the testimonials
of some of our current participants as they
share what Project Liberation means to them!
WE ARE MORE THAN A NUMBER.
And so are the 215,000 women currently incarcerated in the United States, and millions more entangled in the criminal justice system.
Over the last three decades, the number of women imprisoned has increased 750 percent – double that of men. The vast majority of these women are mothers, and their crimes are non-violent. Once tagged with a criminal record, women face staggering barriers to successfully reintegrating into their families and communities.
The pathways to prison represent the larger ways society imprisons women: sexual assault and violence, economic inequality, addiction and mental illness, lack of personal esteem and self-worth, and so much more. Project Liberation is building a movement to transform these pathways and open doors to sustainable freedom for all women. Join us – together, we can empower women to dismantle all barriers to sustainable freedom.
WE DESERVE TO BE SEEN, HEARD, AND HELD.
Project Liberation provides a space for women at all stages of criminal justice involvement to feel safe, supported, empowered, and part of a community again. Our workshops offer a fusion of life coaching, arts-based intervention, yoga, meditation and other healing modalities. Over 14 weeks, women build solid foundations that empower them to see themselves as whole, not broken, and imagine a law-abiding life guided by authentic goals and desires.
Within a supportive circle, program participants are encouraged to reconnect with their own sense of power and possibility, use adversity as a curriculum for growth, renew their ability to dream and create powerful visions for their lives, and strengthen their ability to overcome difficulties, resolve problems, and make life-affirming decisions. Upon graduation, women continue to support one another in their path to sustainable freedom as lifetime members of Project Liberation.
WE NEED YOU.
Your donation will ensure women can access the transformative services that Project Liberation offers. Join our movement!
Project Liberation is fiscally sponsored by Coaching The Global Village, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are tax deductible.
Project Liberation provides a paradigm-shifting personal development platform for women across all stages of criminal justice involvement, while raising awareness and political will to address the issues and needs faced by demographically and culturally diverse women.
Ivy Woolf Turk, Founder/Director of Project Liberation, is a freedom fighter, storyteller, motivational speaker, workshop innovator and an ICF Certified Professional Life and Resiliency Coach in private practice. She was Co-Creator and Director of the blackbird project at WPA, and a Board Member of Liberation Prison Yoga from 2014-2016. She is currently a part time consultant to the Justice Advocacy Group, LLC. in Alexandria, Va., a 2016 Agent of Change Fellow at the Center for Social Innovation, and a Founding Member of the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. She conducts Project Liberation workshop series in NYC and for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s new Health Equity Centers. Ivy has a unique perspective on incarceration, homelessness and re-entry.
A former exec in the advertising and real estate businesses, she found herself caught up in a situation with criminal consequences. While incarcerated at Danbury Federal Prison Camp, Ivy taught GED English literacy, Yoga and Meditation to groups of demographically diverse women. She also co-created C.H.O.I.C.E.S, a group of Federal inmates that went out into the community to speak to at risk youth about the consequences of poor choices. After serving four years of her five year sentence, Ivy not only has her own perspective and experience with the whole incarceration process, but that of the hundreds of women with whom she has worked with while imprisoned as well as upon re-entry. Ivy is the proud mother of four amazing adult children. She has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and a CPC from Coaching for Transformation/Leadership that Works.