CCFY staff and participants are regularly requested to speak at conferences, universities, churches and other special events. To request a speaker for your next event, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.