The New Narrative Project

The New Narrative Project

Unlocking the story of incarcerated youth while developing their leadership abilities and connecting them with inventive opportunities.

The New Narrative Project aims to be a bridge between incarcerated young people and self-determination.  A series of weekly ninety minute workshops that take place in the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center have been designed to specifically empower young people though an orientation of their imaginations allowing incarcerated youth access their own endless potential, as they cultivate their ability to think analytically about the social justice issues they are impacted by. As youth engage in workshops they explore playwriting, improvisation, poetry, hip hop/music production, and wide rage perspectives as we uplift the identities of marginalized communities.

The New Narrative Project was developed in partnership with Proud Theater, the Madison Public School District, GSAFE, The JVN Project and the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center. This coalition formed as part of purposeful effort to connect incarcerated young people with programs that will them give them access to academic achievement, community building, mentorship, and artistic expression beyond the detention center and probations. We are determined to provide incarcerated young with the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with innovative educators/community leaders during their incarceration.


Captured is a series of Photographs taken of youth inside the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center in Madison Wisconsin. The series hopes to expose the general community to what life is like for incarcerated youth in Dane County. While at the same time creating a visual narrative that documents and puts a face to what racial disparity looks like in present day Dane County.

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“Some of the boys used the expression ‘No Homo’ when playing a game and I immediately talked to them about what that phrase means and how it is offensive. GSAFE’s training prepared me to intervene in that moment.”

After school program staff