AN EVOLUTION IN ACTION, THE STORY OF DRIVE CHANGE IS ALL ABOUT PUSHING BOUNDARIES & ASKING QUESTIONS.
Drive Change started as a dream, one that involved using food and business to create a space for conversation around social justice.
Drive Change started as a food truck that employed returning citizens, training them for bright futures in the culinary arts industry.
In the fall of 2017, Drive Change was awarded $3.1M dollars (over 3.5 years) from the Manhattan DA's CJII fund to scale our impact.
After realizing the space limitations of the food truck, Drive Change adapted a new model that now includes an industrial kitchen where Fellows complete their culinary arts training. We are now able to hire 36 Fellows per year.
In 2018 we began our HSJ partnerships with food businesses that are committed to a just and equitable workplace culture.
TOGETHER, WE HAVE HELPED TO
Raise the age in New York, changing the status quo of automatically arresting and prosecuting 16-year-olds as adults.
Change the lives of more than 25 returning citizens, providing them opportunities for bright futures in the culinary industry.
Serve over 1,000 of our famous grilled cheese sandwiches to native New Yorkers and tourists, far and wide.
Spread the word about necessary criminal justice reform, with over 20 features by media outlets.
DRIVE CHANGE IS A DREAM FROM THE MIND OF MAKer & INNOVATOR – JORDYN LEXTON.
Jordyn was an English teacher at Rikers Island High School, where they realized the grim future for bright, talented young individuals leaving the system and reentering into society. Recognizing the opportunities that didn’t exist for these young New Yorkers, Jordyn set out to change the course of corrections, creating a place where young individuals full of potential could grow confidence in their self-worth, and develop transferable skills for their futures.
From Jordyn’s experience working at Rikers, and radical ideas around reform, Drive Change was developed in 2013, and has seen exciting growth and community impact each year of operation.
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Community contributions allow Drive Change to create an environment our Fellows thrive in. Helping us strive towards substantial and sustainable reform of our criminal justice system.