About

In an effort to do our part in combating the COVID pandemic, Think 2wice continues to provide virtual supports to families, community and service providers.

History

Think 2wice Intl is an organization that provides culturally sensitive, trauma informed, non-traditional arts based initiatives to incarcerated individuals as well as young people who are gun or gang involved world wide. Founded in 2006 in Toronto, Canada, Think 2wice aims to reduce gun violence while assisting individuals to unlearn negative behaviors and think twice. Think 2wice assists in eliminating the impact of inequality and social injustice amongst racialized young people in the criminal justice system. We provide services and supports to Black and racialized individuals and communities, many of whom are incarcerated and reintegrating back into the community. In working with victims and perpetrators of violence, trauma and grief, Think 2wice provides therapeutic supports through workshops, participatory programming, music, theater, film, story sharing and spirituality.

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 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 Senate in parliament about the inequalities that Federally incarcerated Black inmates face.

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

Stats & Motivation:

  • 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
  • With incarceration rates rising, 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