Formerly Incarcerated Youth Back to Work


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A food truck called Snowday is selling farm-fresh fare on the streets of New York and putting formerly incarcerated young people back to work. It is the first social justice food truck concept by Drive Change, a Brooklyn-based non-profit group whose mission is to use the food truck to run a one-year fellowship for young people returning home from jail or prison.

Roy Waterman, director of the program, who started the truck along with Jordyn Lexton, said the effort has given employment to more than 20 young adults returning home since it began in 2014. During the one-year fellowship with Snowday, food truck employees learn transferable skills that will allow them to “transition from the street to employment to entrepreneurship,” says Waterman.

“The most untapped potential are the men and women that are incarcerated as well as the ones that are returning,” he said. “People who run criminal organizations have all those skills; it’s just that they’ve been putting it in the wrong and negative space.”

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