MEET THE FOUNDER
Parents were from Mississippi, but moved to Queens, New York for better opportunities; where I was born and raised. Domestic violence during the marriage which eventually led to divorce. This tragic eventually impacted our family. Experiencing the judicial system first hand, as my brothers cycled in and out of the prison system. Our family including my brother had the high hopes of he would be able to exit the prison system and make positive changes. However due to his criminal background and no available resources prison became a revolving door.
This journey inspired me to launch Paroled2pride in 2007. The mission is to assist non-violent felons with transitioning back to society, families, and communities through job training, placement, restitution and probation fees.
Paroled2pride preforms assessments for each participant, upon entry the program. Training curriculum is program is by American Hotel Educational Lodging Institute, which is the certifying body for the hospitality industry Each participant is required to volunteer through the partnerships. This gives participants the opportunity to give back to their communities, build self-esteem, and commitment to the community. Training in a professional environment exposes to corporate America and teaches how to gain confidence, while thriving in a corporate environment. Participants trained how to receive and apply constructive criticism and practice problem-solving in critical situations. Assessments are performed to identify a reachable career path that they are passionate about all while teaching faith and purpose.
Our team vision is to end the judicial system cycle and its effect on at risk communities. Paroled2pride provides a community and resources to non-violent offenders to encourage positive choice and build productive leaders in our society.