Speak it Forward, Inc. (SiF) is a 501(c)3 dedicated to transforming the lives of youth and adults - especially those caught in the justice system - by using writing, storytelling and spoken word to assist participants in discovering their own story and strengths, embracing failures as learning opportunities, and building stronger, healthier relationships with themselves and others.
Donor Advised Fund representatives can now use our email form to start a grant suggestion to Speak It Forward, Inc. Send now or see the end of the article for other ways to submit your grant suggestion.
Building resilience and understanding
John Dewey, renowned educator, states, “It is not the experiences people have in and of themselves that make them who they are, but rather the way in which the people choose to reflect on those experiences that defines them.” SiF uses inductive learning, interpersonal communication, mindfulness and resilience techniques to help participants redefine their personal narratives and obtain a better understanding of the world around them.
Over the last few years, SiF has expanded its reach working with vulnerable populations, service organizations and colleges offering mindfulness and community organizing and outreach. SiF’s work also intersects with the school to prison pipeline, incarceration and community engagement - each directly connected to issues and populations affected by inequality, systemic racism and intergenerational poverty.
“Speak It Forward is saving one soul at a time. This exponentially impacts our future in a positive way. Every time I witness their work, I am reminded how much our community need organizations like this to help move us forward!”
- Gryphon Place (partner organization)
How your support makes an impact
Through their workshops SiF helps participants process their challenges, increase awareness and build self-understanding. They offer tools for self-care and self-discovery including enhanced communication and interpersonal skills, creative writing understanding language as a critical asset, and training in mindfulness concepts and techniques.
Through its community engagement focus, SiF sponsors community activities, provides connections to community resources and creates opportunities for participants to express their voice reminding everyone to, Speak Your Truth!
Donor Advised Fund Representatives can support Speak It Forward, Inc with a grant suggestion using the following organization info:
Speak It Forward, Inc
617 Douglas Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007