Leader’s Stories

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.
Within us is a passion to maximize each moment, leading to a better tomorrow.  Within us is the recognition that every person’s life has value.

Within us is a passion to maximize each moment, leading to a better tomorrow. Within us is the recognition that every person’s life has value.

Within us is a passion to maximize each moment, leading to a better tomorrow. Within us is the recognition that every person’s life has value.
I see my path from prison to college and then to academia as a series of ordinary events that led to an extraordinary outcome.

I see my path from prison to college and then to academia as a series of ordinary events that led to an extraordinary outcome.

Chris Beasley has a Ph.D in Community Psychology from DePaul University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University.
Everybody should have the opportunity to thrive in life.

Everybody should have the opportunity to thrive in life.

Marlon Chamberlain is the recipient of the Purdy Award from the Community Renewal Society.
If I don’t do it, then who’s going to do it?

If I don’t do it, then who’s going to do it?

I founded Empowering Kids With Incarcerated Parents (EKWIP), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Orlando.
My mom’s incarceration put me on a trajectory for the last nine years that I honestly would never have imagined.

My mom’s incarceration put me on a trajectory for the last nine years that I honestly would never have imagined.

Laurin Leonard (Hodge) is an Echoing Green Fellow, a Cordes Fellow, an Ashoka and Aspen Institute Emerging Nonprofit Leader.
I advocate a four pillar approach to recovery from substance use disorder and reentry from incarceration.

I advocate a four pillar approach to recovery from substance use disorder and reentry from incarceration.

I am the Associate Dean of Instruction and District Director of Student Counseling & Advising Services.