About

HISTORY

After a series of life altering experiences, Think 2wice was Founded in 2006 by Zya Brown with the goal of combatting the gun violence that was plaguing Toronto’s high risk neighborhoods.

ABOUT

Founded in 2006, Think 2wice is an organization that provides trauma- informed, culturally sensitive programming that aims to reduce gun violence throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Through non-traditional harm reduction projects in racialized communities and federal correctional institutions, our initiatives assist individuals to think twice and unlearn negative behaviours.

In working with victims and perpetrators of violence, trauma and grief, Think 2wice provides therapeutic supports through workshops, participatory programming, music, theatre, film, story sharing and spirituality.

Think 2wice is serving a niche sector as one of the only organizations that is addressing the rising ‘street gang’ population in the prisons and the community.

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Think 2wice aim is to promote:

· Hope and motivation

· Coping strategies for unresolved trauma and grief

· Assisting young people to think 2wice before making decisions

· Building positive leaders and role models who have lived experience

· Giving a voice to the voiceless – platform to share stories

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to empower individuals to walk in their purpose and unique talents while building positive leaders within the community.
We envision the upliftment and empowerment of radicalized people by eliminating the impact of inequality and social injustice
WE WILL DO THIS THROUGH:
    ·          Prevention and Intervention strategies by assisting in the unlearning of behaviors with oppressed young people in high risk communities and those who are
incarcerated.
    ·          Advocating for policy changes and changes in the Criminal Justice System
ADVOCACY:
Think 2wice advocates for equality and dignity within the criminal justice system
Think 2wice partnered with NDP MPP elect Chris Glover to support him in his proposed motion the Toronto Board of Public Health that would recognize Community Violence as a social determinant of health.
Think 2wice spoke at the Human Rights Centre in parliament about the inequalities that Federally incarcerated Black inmates face.

STATSMOTIVATION:

From 2002-2012, federally incarcerated Black inmates increased by 75%. 40% are under the age of 30.
Black inmates are one of the fastest growing groups in federal corrections at a rate of 3X.
While arrests and convictions make the public feel safe, the reality is the issues do not disappear with individuals being in jail or prison without adequate rehabilitation, intervention and prevention programming and supports.
Although incarceration rates have gone up, Gun-related crime has also gone up 59%  from 2017-2018. (TPS)
In other words, simply incarcerating young people is not decreasing gun and gang violence in the community.
In our community the graveyards are expanding and prison is a part of life as we know it. Young people today are on the battlefield.
The pressure is on the young people of this generation. Think 2wice recognizes that they are fighting  a battle that is misunderstood by many.