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Your gift in support of Maine Inside Out’s critical work in Maine communities with young people impacted by incarceration matters more than ever.
A few highlights from the past 10 years:
300+ incarcerated young people participated in Maine Inside Out “Inside” programs at Long Creek
126 young people participated in “Outside” groups in Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and Waterville
88% of all MIO participants are employed, in school, or both
30,000+ audience members attended MIO performances
18 participants joined MIO’s pilot Leadership Council in 2018, committing to additional weekly meetings, professional trainings and community leadership responsibilities
12 participants traveled to Washington D.C. and performed on Capitol Hill in 2017
13 participants spent a week as artists in residence at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in March, 2018
3 participants were awarded full-year paid internships at USM’s Muskie School for Public Service in 2018
Since Maine Inside Out first began ten years ago, hundreds of young people impacted by incarceration in Maine have returned to communities with the support, preparation, and confidence to raise their voices at tables where the decisions that affect their lives are being made.
They have created powerful art and traveled around the state and the country to share it. They have led workshops in university classrooms, held forums to vet candidates for public office, and supported each other in navigating the significant challenges of building a life after incarceration. Maine communities are stronger because these young people are in them, sharing their experiences, connecting across boundaries and leading us forward.
Maine Inside Out will continue to center our work in the deep belief that no human being is disposable. We will work to uplift and care for each other by building a community that addresses harm with loving accountability and recognizes that the core needs of our communities must be met in order to support true public safety and the realization of human potential.
Your giving makes this work possible. It’s as simple as that. You can ensure that Maine Inside Out has the resources necessary to continue working in the Maine communities that incarcerate the largest numbers of young people.
Maine Inside Out’s ability to invest in our community exists because of the partnership solidarity, and generosity of you, our friends and supporters.
We invite you to give as generously as you are able in support of Maine Inside Out.
In the face of the very real challenges of this moment in time, we are honored to have your partnership in our ongoing efforts to initiate dialogue, develop leadership, and build community across boundaries with creative work.