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.
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.
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 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.
Director of Operations
Since Jennifer joined CCFY in September 2011, she has contributed to the development of the organization’s fiscal and administrative practices. She serves as Director of Operations. Born in Germany and raised in the Bronx, Jennifer first started working in the accounting field in 2008.
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.
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.
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.
Tyree Hicks is CCFY’s 4A’s Coordinator. He is a credible messenger with personal experiences with the criminal justice system. Tyree is a positive agent of change to his community, who has been involved in youth advocacy and intense mentoring for over four years. In his roles as 4A’s Mentor, Youth Advocate Specialist, Facilitator and Restorative Justice Leader, Tyree is able to foster alternative behaviors more conducive to personal and social success. He has assisted many youth develop skills to become productive members in their communities.
Chelsea Lopez is a 4As Mentor. As an alumni of the ARCHES program she learned how to be a mentor to others and how to facilitate groups.She is a credible messenger with experience in the juvenile justice system. She is eager to give back and to help others who have been through similar experiences and to raise awareness of what females go through in the system.
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.
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.
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.
CCFY 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lydia Sierra is the Development Director at CCFY. She is responsible for supporting CCFY’s development and fundraising activities. She is a native of the Bronx and has over twenty years experience serving in the nonprofit sector.
Chanel Thomas prefers to be called Star. She is a graduate of the ARCHES and 4As program and is currently CCFY’s 4As Coordinator. Star is a credible messenger with personal experience in the prison system.
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.