Women Influencing Systems & History

An Advocacy Training Program

for Women Impacted by Incarceration


Women Influencing Systems & History (WISH) is an eight-week advocacy training program for women who have felt the impacts of the criminal justice system. Whether you’ve been incarcerated yourself, or watched your loved ones suffer the effects of an inhumane system, we’ll teach you how to become a skilled advocate for campaigns you care about.  


What We Teach

  • Basics of Policy Advocacy

  • Local, State, and Federal Legislative Systems

  • Storytelling & Persuasive Arguments

  • Advocating with Trauma in Mind

…and more!

Apply to the Program

Applications for the Spring 2019 WISH cohort are now closed. To learn more about the program or get alerts when the Fall 2019 application opens, contact Ivelisse Gilestra at igilestra@collegeandcommunity.org.

You can stay in the loop by signing up for our mailing list below. You’ll receive updates on our advocacy work and be notified when the Fall 2019 application is open.

Request a One-Day Training

Staff of advocacy or community-based organizations may request a half- or full-day advocacy training for women in their organizations. Contact Jordyn Rosenthal at jrosenthal@collegeandcommunity.org.

“The WISH advocacy training taught me that I can be part of change.

Most importantly, we learned how to collectively and individually take power back through making our voices heard.”

-Nathalie, WISH Participant

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