Incarcerated youth just don’t have the same opportunities as the general population, especially when it comes to NY state law. Once convicted of a crime (no matter how mild or serious) they instantly become social outcasts and their options for advancement is severely limited. Drive Change is a food truck business that hires and trains formerly imprisoned youth as part of an innovative re-entry program. According to their website:
New York is one of two states that automatically arrests and prosecutes 16-year-olds as adults. Nearly every other state holds the age of adult criminal responsibility at 18-years-old. Young people who are treated as adults in the criminal justice system face harsh conditions and punishment in adult jails during their incarceration and they often face hurdles to employment and education after their release.
Drive Change is a social enterprise created by Jordyn Lexton and Snowday is the name of their first truck. The company works to develop a fleet of trucks that will sell locally sourced sweet and savory foods. All the profits the organization makes will cycle back to subsidize costs for incarcerated youth’s re-entry programs.
With the first truck ready to debut in NYC, the program hopes to keep the youth out of prison and to provide them with work experience to inspire them to achieve great things. You can support too by donating here.