Born in California and raised in Hawaii, Amelia Frank is a passionate youth advocate, who has over 15 years of experience empowering young people to positively impact their communities. In her current role as Community Connection For Youth’s Director of Youth Development, Amelia works with community and juvenile justice system stakeholders, both in the Bronx and nationally, to create alternatives to incarceration programming for youth impacted by the juvenile justice system. Her work has led her to create positive youth development programming for young people throughout the South Bronx community, in Horizon Juvenile Detention Center, and Bronx County Family Court. Amelia is also the founder of United Playaz of New York, a youth-led violence prevention program, where she leads a team of mentors to facilitate anti-violence groups in Bronx Public Schools. Before joining CCFY in 2012, Amelia spent seven years as the Community Associate and Academic Intervention Services Coordinator for Banana Kelly High School in the Bronx. Amelia received her B.A. in Child Development from California State University, Chico in 2001 and a Masters in Humanities and Leadership from the New College in San Francisco in 2004.