This month we had the opportunity to train 3 new Roots of Success instructors who will be teaching Roots of Success in the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA). Gigi Blanchard, Isabel Geddes, and Nakita Vanstory will be teaching Roots of Success to youth incarcerated in New York City, focusing specifically on youth in Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, New York.
CCA was founded in 1981 and is a leader in community-based alternatives to incarceration and policy advocacy to reduce reliance on incarceration. They provide direct services to communities in New York City, Syracuse, and Rochester, engaging approximately 3,500 youth and adults annually. Services include gender-based substance treatment and recovery communities, sentence mitigation, court advocacy, workforce readiness, civic restoration services, emergency/transitional housing, student advocacy, violence prevention, and youth mentoring as well as after-school programming and career exploration for justice-involved youth. The majority of CCA participants are Black or Latino/a and come from poor or low-income communities.
Please join us in welcoming these fantastic new instructors and new partner to the Roots of Success community.