Food trucks ‘Drive Change,’ in formerly incarcerated youth

Image Courtesy of Drivechange.org

Image Courtesy of Drivechange.org

A new, New York based organization called ‘Drive Change,’ is giving the city’s formerly incarcerated youth a second chance, with a side of maple syrup.

This ‘social enterprise,’ as described on its website, strives to lower the rate of recidivism for its participants from 70 percent to 20 percent–for young people who are treated as adults in the criminal justice system.

Founder of the organization and former teacher at Rikers Island, Jordyn Lexton, told MSNBC, “We’re giving people the opportunity to really interact with the young people in our program, face-to-face.” She also says, she hopes the program will “dispel that preconceived notion of what it means to be a formerly incarcerated young person.”

Debuting on December 8 in the Brooklyn Naval Yard, ‘Drive Change’s’ launch of Snow Day, their inaugural truck, featured maple grilled cheese, pulled pork sliders, and pancake poppers.

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