Leadership and Civic Engagement

Interrupting the Pipeline

by Sarah Nichols on Aug 21, 2018

For one of our #FacebookLiveFridays this month, we were lucky to have Zakiya Esper of Sowing Seeds into the Midlands join us.

Zakiya is a former SC juvenile probation officer (and one of the newly-named members of the Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps!) who saw the need for resources for at-risk youth. But she didn’t just see this gap; she was determined to fill it. And thus she founded Sowing Seeds into the Midlands, a regional nonprofit dedicated to interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and helping teenage youth thrive, through services and tailored programs such as life skills training, professional counseling, tutoring, and—of course—gardening. But more on that later.

We had a particularly thoughtful and engaging conversation with Zakiya last week, thanks to the participation of all of you who asked questions and shared your words of encouragement in the comments.  You won’t want to miss even a minute of it, so watch the full video here:

We are LIVE with Zakiya Esper of Sowing Seeds into the Midlands to discuss interrupting the school to prison pipeline. Comment with a 🌱 if you're watching or have any questions! #FacebookLiveFriday

Posted by Women's Rights and Empowerment Network- WREN on Friday, August 10, 2018


But in case you’re short on time, here are some of the important takeaways:

In order for children to get these resources, here are some things you can do:

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