Practicing Community is a series of resources, stories, and conversations coming from the vast array of practitioners and changemakers working within and alongside the Youth Passageways network, forming our community of practice.
Each month we examine one of the areas of focus from our larger work, share resources, current happenings, and round that out by hosting a conversation with a practitioner(s) doing relevant work. Through authentic dialogue, we encourage them to share their experiences of doing the work and how that often differs from the way we talk about how the work should or can be done, to get a real account of what it looks like cast one’s energy towards the regeneration of holistic culture and intergenerational community.
This month, join Kruti Parekh, Marisa Taborga Byrne, and Dane Zahorsky as they discuss Transformative Justice and how Kruti’s work is expressed throughout her life and how it shows up in our community!
About Kruti Parekh
Kruti Parekh has been working synergistically with young people and families in the most marginalized communities in both New York and Los Angeles for 18 years.
Kruti’s experience includes: adult ally at the Youth Justice Coalition, organizing to transform the juvenile and criminal injustice systems; director for youth programs, including YouthBuild, Teen Court, and Workforce Investment Act Programs as well as domestic violence accountability, workforce development, youth empowerment, youth leadership and wellness programs.
She would like to use her experience to help create the necessary infrastructure within Los Angeles City and County to prevent harm, death and incarceration for youth and increase graduation rates, financial independence and positive social contribution. Kruti has a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University, Masters Degree in Social Worker from Hunter College and a self-proclaimed PhD (People’s health Degree) from the Youth Justice Coalition.
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