PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RETURNING CITIZENS TO FURTHER THEIR SOCIAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE POWER OF WORK.
Our mission is to foster an environment for returning citizens to learn the tools to succeed in the food service industry and become leaders in their community. Drive Change uses the food truck and hospitality industry to run a premiere paid-fellowship for returning citizens ages 18-25 years old.
Infusing self-worth in our Fellows, while tapping into the talent and energy of young New Yorkers, our program is focused on the bright futures of our Fellows.
WE NEED TO RETHINK OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
Until April 2017, New York was one of only two states to automatically arrest and prosecute 16-year-olds as adults.
Our criminal justice system has roots in slavery and is designed to structurally oppress poor people of color.
Young people who are treated as adults in the criminal justice system face harsh conditions. Upon release, they confront hurdles to employment and education.
70% of people under 24 who have been treated like adults in the criminal justice system will return to prison in their lifetime.