Did you know that there are two states in our nation that arrests and prosecutes youth under 18 years old as adults?
North Carolina and New York hold those as young as 16 years old criminally responsible like an adult. Although there should be consequences for wrongdoing, placing youth in adult prisons is detrimental to their well-being and can destroy their future instead of mold them for improvement.
When we are young and often times naïve we make bad decisions, but are thankful when we can learn from past mistakes and grow to be stronger and wiser.
“Young people who are treated as adults in the criminal justice system face harsh conditions in adult jails. Upon release, they confront hurdles to employment and education. This system makes it very hard for young people leaving adult jail and prison to build sustainable futures.”
Drive Change works towards providing a brighter tomorrow for young people coming out of prison and they do so with a food truck.
Jordyn Lexton, a former English teacher inside a jail complex, founded the non-profit organization Drive Change in New York to provide transitional employment to formerly incarcerated youth.
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Drive Change has a 6-8 month fellowship program with the goal to provide employment and/or academic opportunities to those who have completed the program.
To everyone that makes Drive Change happen,
You are empowering and inspiring!
Thank you for recognizing and uplifting our young people that are often dismissed from society.
For those of you who would like to contribute to Drive Change so that they may continue their incredible work here is how you can do so (click on the image for more details):
“We can not always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt