AN EVOLUTION IN ACTION, THE STORY OF DRIVE CHANGE IS ALL ABOUT PUSHING BOUNDARIES & ASKING QUESTIONS.
Jordyn Lexton was an English teacher at Rikers Island HS where they realized the grim future forecasted for otherwise bright, talented young people leaving the jail. Recognizing the need to create opportunities for these students, Jordyn and Co-Founder, Roy Waterman, set out to redefine the lives of these young people by creating a place where they could both advocate for change and grow confidence in their self-worth, and develop concrete, sought-after and transferable skills for their futures.
Drive Change was originally developed in 2013 as a food truck that would hire and train youth. Since then the model has expanded and evolved.
After realizing the space limitations of the food truck, Drive Change adapted a new model in 2018 that now includes an industrial kitchen where Fellows complete their culinary arts training. Instead of serving 4 or 5 young people on the food truck, we are now able to engage 36 Fellows per year.
In 2018 we began our Hospitality for Social Justice advocacy work, targeting food businesses that are committed to creating equitable and just workplace cultures. We provide the business leaders in our HSJ network with training and coaching that identifies unconscious biases, power, and privilege.