On any given day, over 48,000 adolescents in the United States are incarcerated and held in restrictive, correctional-style facilities, often without having had a trial. The road back to a normal life after incarceration is difficult without support. Progress is slowly being made. Policy makers are beginning to recognize that young people are still developing, and opportunities for treatment and rehabilitation can be life changing for them and of benefit to society. Celia Colón was one of those young people. She grew up in a physically and emotionally abusive home and wasrecruited into a Chicago gang by the age of 12. At 18, she was given a 15-year sentence for attempted murder. A prison program coached her to redirect her life, and she was released after serving six years. Join us to hear about Celia’s remarkable journey to rebuild her life. Learn about the obstacles to rehabilitation in the juvenile prison system and hear how you can help influence some of the reforms still needed.
This lecture is free and open to all current OLLI members. This lecture will be presented online via Zoom as a webinar. Webinars require a two-step registration process for security reasons. The first step is to register here on the OLLI Online Registration System. Shortly after registration closes on Monday, July 13 at noon, you will be sent a link to complete the registration process. Once you have completed this second step, you will be emailed the link to access the webinar. DO NOT share your webinar link, it is specific to you and space is limited.
Speaker: Celia Colón is a nationally recognized leader and public advocate for smart justice reform. She is the founder of Giving Others Dreams, a non-profit organization that is committed to assisting and supporting justice-impacted women. Her organization provides a powerful peer to peer approach of mentoring and coaching others towards their own journey of healing. Giving Others Dreams connects women to free mental-health care and direct supportive services, with the goal of reducing recidivism.