ConTextos, NFP

ConTextos ( is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2010 that uses the power of personal narrative to promote healing and reflection, and to foster critical thinking and dialogue. With our unique healing-centered Authors Circle model we seek to lift up the voices and insights of people affected by trauma, challenge assumptions, provoke healing and spark social change. Based in both El Salvador and Chicago, we provide literary arts-based programs in public schools and communities, juvenile detention centers, jails and prisons, focusing on individuals at risk of, witness to, and responsible for violence. In Chicago, we work primarily on the South and West sides with adults 18-30-year-olds participating in community-based programming and/or in pre-trial detention, and with young people 14-18 navigating the Chicago Public School system.