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Talent Agency Committed to Giving City Students Creative Opportunities The small pink sticker, roughly the size of a sticky note, displayed a black and white puppy with one eye and an injured ear. The design has a “deeper meaning,” according to Brianna, a student at Syracuse Academy of Science. Without Talent Agency, Brianna, 16, wouldn’t have the resources or guidance ... Read More »

Where Are They Now?

Corcoran grad helps others understand mental health issues He achieved valedictorian at Corcoran High School and graduated from Brown and Syracuse universities. So perhaps the fact that Seamus Kirst went on to publish a book isn’t a surprise. But the title might be: “Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk.” It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Kirst, who graduated from Corcoran ... Read More »

Court Watchers

Nonprofit Unchained coordinates justice system accountability project A new Syracuse-based nonprofit is working to reform the prison system and fight injustice. Unchained was founded in March and aims to use research-based campaigns and input from prisoners and their families to make the bail process more fair, and to make prison programs more focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment, among other ... Read More »

PEACE Names New Case Manager to Oversee Grant Renewal

Center will continue to help individuals returning from prison, their families Co-run by two ex-offenders, a state-funded pilot program worked last year to help recent parolees re-enter society by supporting their transition back to their families. On hold for nearly seven months after funding ran dry, the program has been renewed by the state with a two-year $95,000 grant. The ... Read More »

Dunbar Center Celebrates a Century

Dunbar Association Inc. is dedicated to bringing the community together Syracuse’s Dunbar Association Inc., an organization dedicated to the promotion of racial equality in a city nationally known for extremely high concentrations of black and Hispanic poverty, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Dunbar Association, commonly known as the “Dunbar Center,” was officially incorporated in the 1930s, but ... Read More »

Reflecting on Frederick Douglass’ legacy of fighting for justice

Celebrated abolitionist commemorated by local artist, national newspaper columnist Frederick Douglass, who has been called the greatest American of the 19th century, grew up as a slave named Frederick Bailey. He became a prominent American abolitionist, author and orator. He made several appearances in Syracuse during his lifetime (1818-95). On Nov. 14, 1861, he gave a speech, “The Rebellion: Its ... Read More »

Current Issue

In this issue, we wrap up The Stand’s series “Prison to Family” with a profile on PEACE Inc.’s South Side center coordinator Charles Rivers, who uses his past experiences in and out of prison to help others returning to free society. PEACE also announces the center’s re-entry work will continue for another two years because the Family Reunification Pilot Grant ... Read More »

How one man’s past led him to create a brighter future for others coming home from prison Read More »

Carrying Anomalies to the Fire

One artist’s mission to leave a legacy in the face of encroaching mortality Artist and former NFL player Jim Ridlon stands amongst a crowd at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park for the premiere of his newest collection, “Nature’s Bounty.” The exhibit consisted of wooden anomalies that bear abstract resemblance to the skulls of extinct animals and faces of ambassadors ... Read More »