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Former NGF Fellows

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2017 Next Generation Fellows

2017 NGF Fellows (Sacramento, CA)

Four 2017 Fellows wrote about their experiences in the year following their completion of the Next Generation Fellowship (NGF). You can see their reflections and insights highlighted in the blogs below.

NGF Voices: Building Collective Power for a Better Future

Tina Curiel-Allen

Tina Curiel-Allen–a writer, poet, community leader, and Next Generation Fellow–offers a glimpse into her past, the challenges she faced during re-entry, and her hopes for the future.

"We were each selected [for NGF] for the knowledge our pasts had given us; no apologizing or denying our backgrounds, no minimizing our pain and struggle to make others feel more comfortable. This was about mining our experiences to assist policy change and owning our stories as sources of strength and resilience. It was a beautiful opportunity for which I am eternally grateful for.

NGF Voices: Leadership through Adversity

Cristian Franco

Cristian Franco, a youth mentor and community advocate, discusses the power of sharing your story and the ways the Next Generation Fellowship helped as he shaped his own.

"The fellowship helped me understand where I need to be and how to get there, how I can help to move and create change. I felt its focus was the perfect balance between personal and professional values. I am an advocate of statewide reform and continue to work on policies that re-invest and divert funding to the cities and neighborhoods most impacted by the justice system.”

NGF Voices: Pathways from Youth Prisons to Colleges for Young Adults

Morghan Vélez Young-Alfaro

Dr. Young-Alfaro's recent study, which follows ten young adults attending college after incarceration, finds college success linked to participation in student-led groups and activism.

"Inspired by her participation in [the fellowship], Dr. Alfaro collaborated with 10 community college students to closely follow them for one year, learning about their past and current educational, health, and justice system experiences in order to understand their pathways into college."

NGF Voices: From Sitting in Detention to Standing in Culture

Brayan Pelayo Corona

Brayan Pelayo, 2017 Next Generation Fellow and Program Coordinator at Youth Law Academy, shares his journey from childhood to community leadership. Brayan works to help transform the justice system into one that provides structural opportunities for racial equality and social justice.

"This fellowship filled a lacuna in my knowledge and toolset. It exposed me to decolonizing methods, policy strategies, community involvement, and culturally-informed practices to become more involved at the state, county, and city levels of government, and involve people in my community while helping them develop their personal and professional goals along the way."

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