Leader’s Stories

I’ve seen what hope can do.

I’ve seen what hope can do.

Ron Pierce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies minoring in Sociology from Rutgers University-Newark.
I am ambitious with hope!

I am ambitious with hope!

Coral Nichols is a certified life coach and a sought after public speaker.
It’s up to us to hold those in power accountable--every day, all day.

It’s up to us to hold those in power accountable–every day, all day.

Cedric Fulton holds a Degree in Political Science from Framingham State and A.A.S. from Bronx Community College.
I want to help out my brothers and sisters, show them the path that I took, and create new pathways for them.

I want to help out my brothers and sisters, show them the path that I took, and create new pathways for them.

I am the founding Executive Director of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP).
I think Alabama is going in the right direction, and I’m excited to be playing a part in making change happen.

I think Alabama is going in the right direction, and I’m excited to be playing a part in making change happen.

Betty Washington is a graduate of Troy University and Trenholm State Technical College.
My pain is what pushed me into my purpose.

My pain is what pushed me into my purpose.

I come from the streets of Newark, New Jersey. Both of my parents were in and out of jails and state penitentiaries for most of my life.
I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but I’m going to get out of prison and I’m going to get my life back.

I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but I’m going to get out of prison and I’m going to get my life back.

Jason Hernandez has written for and been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and other major media outlets.
On the days I do my best work it’s the hope that we can build a better world--a world without so many people in cages--that motivates me.

On the days I do my best work it’s the hope that we can build a better world–a world without so many people in cages–that motivates me.

James Gould served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Students for a Sensible Drug Policy.
In the end, I don’t want to see any child incarcerated or in a juvenile detention center.

In the end, I don’t want to see any child incarcerated or in a juvenile detention center.

I was only sixteen years old when I was sentenced to ten years in a juvenile detention facility in San Antonio, Texas.