Focus Area: Criminal Justice and Job Training
Prior to launching Drive Change in 2014, Founder and CEO Jordyn Lexton spent three years teaching English on Riker’s Island. Jordyn also worked for CASES and the Center for Employment Opportunities, as well as Governor Cuomo’s Work for Success program. Jordyn was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan and a master’s in education from Pace.
Drive Change helps formerly incarcerated young citizens learn the tools to succeed in the food service industry through a paid-fellowship for returning citizens between the ages of 18 and 25. Through their food truck and monthly events, Drive Change raises awareness about injustices inside the criminal justice system, while providing access to healthy food to food insecure communities.