Our monthly, peer-led Healing Circles meetings are intended to create an inclusive and safe space to support our members and connect them to culturally-relevant resources. Some of the numerous discussion topics include Freedom, Undoing Prison Politics, Communications, and Healing as Collective Action.

Our Core Values & Practices include the following:

1.   Respect for one another

2.   Listen with compassion

3.   Understanding/Reflection/Be of Witness

4.   Speak with integrity; say what you mean and do what you say

5.   Confidentiality

6.   Nonviolent approach to conflicts

7.   Consensus-based decision-making

8.   Speaking in "I" statements

9.   Create a non-judgemental space of inclusion

10. Encourage, praise & recognize

Our Framework is informed by transformative justice, both at the individual and systemic levels.




Our monthly workshops introduce guest speakers and are tailored specifically to the members we serve and address their specific areas of growth and need. Examples of workshops include: Finance & Budgeting 101, Technology & Access 101, Legal Services: Crimmigration, and Know Your Rights for Advocates.


More information about our scheduled lineup of workshops will be available soon!




How to Get Involved

Volunteering with API RISE opens the door to incredibly rewarding experiences-both for you and those you serve. But finding the opportunity that best suits your skills and expectations can make all the difference.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you sign up to serve.

Do you have a passion?

  • Do you want to help your community?
  • Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of someone in need?
  • Do you care deeply about API and the greater community?
  • Are you interested in restorative justice and peace building?
  • Do you want to be apart of ending Mass Incarceration and Prison to Deportation Pipeline?
  • Do you enjoy meeting new people?
  • Do you want to acquire qualities of leadership and gain a sense of satisfaction from taking on responsibilities that directly affect peoples' lives?

How much time can you give?

  • Can you commit to once a week or once a month?
  • How much of your free time are you willing to commit?

 What do you bring, or want to acquire?

  • What skills do you bring?
  • What do you hope to gain from the experience?

Where and how do you want to serve?

  • Would you like to work with someone on a one-on-one basis?
  • Would you prefer working in a collaborative team?
  • Are you comfortable responding to situations as they arise?

If you're ready to join and already know how you want to serve, shoot us a kite!