Young New Yorkers was honored to participate in Columbia University's 7th Annual Justice Conference, Beyond the Bars: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm on Sunday, March 5, 2017.
The conference hosted a wide array of grassroots organizing workshops. YNY Graduates and teachers presented Art and Transformative Justice, which was run like a YNY Arts Diversion Program. Participants in the workshop explored their strengths as well as their aspirations and hopes for the criminal justice system through video, photography, writing, and collage.
Kimani and Mateo check guests into the workshop. Shawnda Chapman Brown joins the photo at the last second.
YNY graduate Monasia holds up the icebreaker questions while two guests interview each other.
Monasia and Dominique hang up participants' artworks.