Learning from each Other, Together
by LaWanda Cook, PhD, CRC
Tapping into varied expertise and centering the voices of those most impacted by the criminal legal system, are essential components in our reimagining reentry for youth with disabilities. We are fortunate that the Y-ReCONNECTS Project Advisory Council includes individuals with a range of relevant personal and professional experience.
Sherell Famer is our newest advisory council member. She is a Cornell University student who has already had tremendous impact on campus and beyond. Sherell is part of the team that was awarded the university’s 26th annual James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony for their work with Cornell Students 4 Black Lives. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3wsItEH
Advisory Council member Leroy Moore is also doing great things! Leroy has been a disability advocate for nearly four decades. Through his cultural activism - poetry, music, and film - he has addressed a myriad of issues such as police brutality against BIPOC and disabled bodies, homelessness, poverty, and the non-profit industrial complex. Leroy will begin his PhD program in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkley this fall. Learn more about his work here: https://kriphopnation.com/
Each of the county teams that make up the Y-ReCONNECTS community of practice is comprised of representatives with expertise in education, employment, disability, juvenile justice, independent living, and other areas. The teams also include youth and young adults with disabilities. By providing every member the opportunity to both teach and learn, we hope to identify and implement practices that acknowledge the full humanity of each person, and improve life outcomes for young people with disabilities.