Changed Systems

Equity Voices SenseMaker Project Story or Micro-Narrative | View Story Interpretations (Summarizing All Stories)

I came from very humble beginnings growing up in the hard of Boynton Beach. I experienced all the risk factors many young black men in similar communities face each day (Single parent household, juvenile delinquency, teen parent). The odds were stacked against me and I was able to maneuver through the systems and barriers and graduate high school and college. In spite of my success, graduating college and becoming a success story for the Department of Juvenile Justice, I was unable to gain employment with the agency because of my juvenile record. There were inequities in their systems which prevented individuals like myself from being a part of the agency. They have made changes and modifications to their process to allow individuals with backgrounds the opportunity to work for the agency considering they are of good moral character.

About This Story

  • When did this story occur? over 20 years ago
  • Date submitted: 2021-02-03 12:00
  • Gender: Male

How This Person Interpreted Their Story or Micro-Narrative

Note: Responses which fell closer to the middle (between two or three options) are shown as two dashes.
  • My story shows we need to: Do things differently
  • In my story, the important players are: Institutions
  • Actions in my story are driven by: Those with official authority
  • In my story, people acted: --
  • My story shows we need to focus on: Making things right, here and now
  • In my story, people are: --
  • My story shows: People are heard
  • The experiences that shape my feelings on equity come from: My personal world