On May 26, 2021 Rise held a webinar and panel discussion about strengthening support for families and communities. You can watch the video to join in with this work!
Rise presented our vision for how a network of trained Peer and Community Supporters with lived experience can help to prevent involvement in the family policing system (and other punitive systems), address barriers to resources and support identified by parents and contribute to safe, strong families and communities.
Peer support as a tool to strengthen safety, build connections and prevent system involvement is not a new idea — this work is already being done effectively in other spaces in New York City. In this webinar, you can hear from a panel of people experienced with building community and providing support through mutual aid networks, restorative justice approaches, credible messenger training, and harm reduction peer work.
We also engaged in discussion around what it will take to advocate for and build parent peer support networks throughout NYC and nationwide.