Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: LeadersUp helps young people find — and keep — jobs

By Dorany Pineda Contributing Writer Although Jeffery Wallace has seen many success stories since LeadersUp launched in 2013, Emmanuel stands out more than anyone. Emmanuel (only his first name is being used here for privacy) was a young man pursuing his dreams in college, but he had to drop out to look for work when Read More…

Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Organization helps women find new life outside prison

By Dorany Pineda Contributing Writer If there is one person who understands the challenges of exiting the criminal justice system, it’s Susan Burton. After a tragedy that led to years of self-medication, Burton spent more than 20 years cycling in and out of prison. When she was freed, she struggled to find work, housing and Read More…