Staff

Rubén Austria

Executive Director

Rev. Rubén Austria is the founding Executive Director of Community Connections for Youth, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community driven alternatives to incarceration for youth. As a 2007 Soros Justice Fellow with the W. Haywood Burns Institute, Rev. Austria advocated for the re-direction of funds from incarceration to community-based alternatives for youth. Seeing the need to equip more grassroots faith and community-based organizations to develop effective alternative-to-incarceration programs, he launched Community Connections for Youth in the fall of 2008.

 

Johnathan Bascombe

4As Program Manager

Johnathan Bascombe is CCFY’s 4As Program Manager. Johnathan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At a young age he made some decisions that landed him in places he fights to keep youth out of today. After the tragic loss of his best friend and many others, a desire to do better for himself, and a lengthy jail sentence hanging over his head, Johnathan decided to leave the streets alone and never looked back.

 

Jeannette Bocanegra

Director of Family Engagement

Jeannette Bocanegra is CCFY’s Director of Family Engagement. She is a dedicated mother of six and a long time resident of the South Bronx. She joined CCFY in 2010 as the lead researcher for a participatory action research project that mobilized the family members of incarcerated youth to collect data on parent experience with the juvenile justice system.

 

Lamell Carrington

4As Mentor

Lamell Carrington is a CCFY 4As Mentor. He is a certified change agent with personal perspectives on how to change the youth today. While adapting a restorative justice model, Lamell looks to use the skills and knowledge he possesses to make a beneficial change in the community.

 

Karim Chapman

4As Senior Program Manager

Karim Chapman is CCFY’s 4As Senior Program Manager. Karim is a Harlem Native. Before working at CCFY he managed and supervised a team of credible messengers that dealt with at- risk youth around gun violence, mediations, life choices, and hospital and shooting responses.

 

Geoff Davenport

Deputy Director & CFO

Geoff Davenport is the founding President of the Board of Directors for Community Connections for Youth, and is now CCFY’s Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer. Geoff has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, with expertise in program design and evaluation, administration and finance, regulatory compliance, and governance. He has held senior management positions in several high-performing not-for-profit organizations, including Make the Road New York, Achievement First, and the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union.

 

Demetria J. Frampton

Parent Peer Coach

Demetria Frampton is a newly hired Peer Parent Coach for Community Connections For Youth. Demetria officially joined the organization on March 1,2014. She has been an active parent on a volunteer basis and gained some of her knowledge by going through her own personal experience with her grandchild who introduced her to the program.

 

Amelia Frank

Director of Youth Development

Amelia Frank is CCFY’s Director of Youth Development, working with participants in the South Bronx Community Connections initiative. Amelia coordinates mentorship-related development training for Community Coaches and works with site coordinators and Community Coaches to engage youth in strengths based programming.

 

Lloyd Jones

4As Mentor
 

Arthur Markland

Parent Peer Coach

Arthur Markland is Parent Peer Coach at CCFY. Arthur is a native of the Bronx and experienced first hand what it is like to have to advocate for fair treatment and special services for families. From 1991 – 2006, Arthur was blessed with a daughter with Down Syndrome. She needed special services from medical and educational systems and both systems were not willing to authorize the needed care.

 

Jesse McGleughlin

National Training Manager

Jesse McGleughlin is the CCFY National Training Manager, working with grassroots faith leaders, community organizers, and system stakeholders to develop community-based alternatives to youth incarceration. Most recently, she has returned from a Fulbright Scholarship in South Africa where she developed an oral history course for high school students on the legacies of apartheid in the Kayamandi Township and developed literacy interventions.

 

Khalid McKenzie

SBCC Coordinator/Intervention Specialist

Khalid McKenzie is CCFY’s SBCC Coordinator/Intervention Specialist. Born and raised in the South Bronx, Khalid has established himself as a prominent figure in the community. As a credible messenger, his experiences and learnings have allowed him to establish relationships with young people across the borough that is immeasurable.

 

Jasmine Perez

CCFY's Training Administrator

Jasmine Perez is CCFY’s Training Administrator. Jasmine is a highly motivated, strong, and independent Latina single mother from New York City. She supports CCFY’s Training and Technical Assistance Department by keeping the team on track, scheduling trainings, and managing contracts and billing. Jasmine graduated from City College magna cum laude with a degree in Liberal Studies and a concentration in Human Services.

 

Crystalie Romero

Peer Mentor/PAR Project Coordinator

Crystalie Romero is a graduate of Community Connections for Youth’s South Bronx Community Connections (SBCC) program. While enrolled in SBCC, she played a leading role in the Youth Leadership Academy at the Betances Community Center, educating other young people about the juvenile justice system.

 

Mercedes Reyes

Parent Peer Coach

Mercedes Reyes is a Parent Peer Coach for CCFY’s Parent Peer Support Program located in Bronx Family Court. She comes with twelve years of experience as a Teacher’s Assistant for the NYC Department of Education’s Special Education Division.

 

Belinda Ramos

Director of Training & Technical Assistance

Belinda Ramos is the CCFY Director of Training & Technical Assistance. She joined CCFY’s Training Department in September 2014 and was promoted to Director in May 2016. She comes with a long history of experience in training and curriculum development in the academic research and public policy sector. With a Masters degree in Psychology, she has put her education to use in Children’s Mental Health Research aimed at affecting public policy at statewide and national levels.

 

Beatrice Richardson

Parent Peer Coach

Ms. Beatrice Richardson is one of CCFY’s Parent Peer coaches. Born and raised in the South Bronx, she comes from a family of 9 and is a proud mother of four loving children. Her parents always said, “She was born loving and helpful”. She loves her community, and if she can help she will. Beatrice has been volunteering in her community since she was a youth.

 

Bianca Shaw

Training Project Manager

Inspired by people who have fought for liberation for themselves and others – Bianca is committed to juvenile justice reform as a means of healing communities, and giving power back to the youth, families and communities that have been impacted by unjust systems.

 

Jennifer Villafuerte

Parent Support Data Specialist

Born in Long Island City and growing up in the South Bronx, Jennifer saw many of her friends affected by the juvenile justice system. She witnessed the effect the system had on families, friends, and society, and realized that the only way to make a difference was to be a part of the change that needed to happen.

 

Shaniqua West

Peer Mentor/PAR Project Manger

Shaniqua West is a frontline staff member/ mentor for United Playaz of New York. She has a passion for working with young people and inspiring them to reach their full potential. Her positive energy and charismatic approach to mentoring is effective and exemplarily.

 

Rev. Maurice Winley

Director of Credible Messenger Mentoring

Rev. Maurice D. Winley is CCFY’s Director of Credible Messenger Mentoring. He is a third-generation minister who carries on the legacy of his family. He has been active as a youth development specialist with 20 years of experience working with youth and families. He has worked with the full spectrum of youth in various systems, and settings. As a sought-after consultant on youth initiatives with various community based organizations, in the Greater New York City area, Rev. Winley founded R.E.A.L Solutions for Youth, an activist consultancy, providing real, effective, authentic, and livable solutions that are youth centered, family focused, and community driven.