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Five Mualimm-ak

Director of Youth & Family Development.

Five Mualimm-ak oversees the Arches & Next Steps programs and provides mentorship to participants/ mentors and graduates.  Five has personal experience with the criminal justice system and spent over six years working inside correctional facilities, operating transitional services and facilitating classes. Five has extensive experience developing workshops and curricula that train youth and community members on a variety of topics that impact justice-involved communities. For the past seven years, Five has achieved national attention as a juvenile justice advocate. These efforts led to the Obama administration banning solitary confinement of youth in federal prisons. Five is a 2016 Columbia University justice in education scholar. Five also co-founded Incarcerated Nation, a non-profit that creates a safe space for youth to be mentored by post-incarcerated leaders. Five is a proud father and works with his children on issues affecting children of incarcerated parents, and post-incarceration healing. His training & curriculum has trained many peer navigators. & youth mentors that are appointed to the 2019 Governors Raise The Age Taskforce and represent youth across NYC.