The Georgia Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Tyrone Oliver, came on the Rashad Richey Morning Show to discuss their new partnership with Slutty Vegan restaurant Founder and CEO Pinky Cole. This partnership, under DJJ’s F. R.E.S.H. Start Youth Initiative, provides jobs and scholarships to DJJ youth who previously experienced unfortunate encounters with law enforcement.
Commissioner Oliver says he sees this program as a way to transform Georgia youth. Research shows that similar programs decrease recidivism and lowers the likelihood of gang activity. “If you want to address gang culture in GA, provide opportunities” said Dr. Richey, who worked with the DJJ Re-Entry team to coordinate the partnership.
Pinky Cole has allocated 30 employment slots for DJJ youth. According to Ms. Cole, these kids are going to have their lives changed forever, and she’s thrilled to be a catalyst for that change.
Listen to the full interview below.
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